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Cumberland School - day special school in Preston, Lancashire | Witherslack Group

Cumberland School

We offer a wide range of curriculum opportunities within an environment dedicated to building self-esteem and life skills.

Cumberland School is a co-educational independent special day school in Lancashire providing high quality education for children between the ages of 11 and 18.  The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils exhibiting behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, alongside a range of other associated conditions which can hinder academic progress.  We have created a high quality learning environment in which all our pupils can reach their potential in academic and social development.

Pupils at Cumberland study a broad, balanced and differentiated range of subjects, through which they can access the National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 & 4, vocational courses and ASDAN. We also have specialist facilities and teachers for Design & Technology, Art & Design, Physical Education, Music and Outdoor Pursuits. Every pupil at our school benefits from individual educational support including a curriculum tailored to their individual needs, detailed behaviour management planning and regular assessment of their academic and social progress.

Our working environment promotes mutual respect, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to develop self-esteem based on the ‘Resilience Theory’. Provision of Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologist support and regular one-to- one support for pupils, including help in strategies for anger management, work alongside our educational opportunities and wide range of extra-curricular activities and experiences to help our pupils progress in all aspects of their lives.

Thanks to its partnership with Beech Tree House Children's Home, Cumberland School can also offer a package of 52 week care and education, providing excellent levels of communication and consistency for all aspects of a child’s wellbeing.

Cumberland School at a Glance

  • National Curriculum study at Key Stages 3 and 4
  • A broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum tailored to pupils’ individual needs
  • Off-site Vocational Learning Centre offering City & Guilds accredited courses in Motor Vehicle Engineering & Maintenance, Construction & Plastering, and Landscaping and Horticulture
  • The highest standards of care, from qualified staff
  • Individual educational support
  • Detailed planning of the management of behaviour
  • A quality learning environment
  • Regular assessments of each pupil’s academic and social progress
  • Detailed reports to parents, carers and local authorities on pupils' progress
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Educational Psychological Support
  • Regular one-to-one support for pupils, including help in strategies for anger management
  • A wide variety of extra-curricular activities and experiences
  • A working environment which promotes mutual respect, healthy lifestyles and opportunities to develop self- esteem based on the ‘Resilience Theory’