Cumberland School - day special school in Preston, Lancashire | Witherslack Group
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, deemed ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, 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’
“The good relationships between students and staff ensure that students grow in self-confidence, and that their attitudes to learning improve. The environment for learning is good. Students make good progress, following an interesting curriculum, taught by specialist staff in bright, modern classrooms.”
Message from the Head Teacher
The vision of Cumberland School is to provide high quality, child centred education; education that meets the needs of the individual; education that nurtures social and emotional strength; education that prepares youngsters for their adult lives and promotes independence.
As a staff group we all have high expectations of our youngsters in terms of their educational attainments, and of the social and moral values that we instil in them. As individuals our pupils are held in extremely high regard. We take personal and professional pride in their development and achievements.
My own personal belief regarding the development of all young people is that given the right environment all youngsters can make progress and achieve. Given sustained quality care, guidance and support this progress and achievement can persist into adult life. It is the fundamental role of our job as educators and carers to create the correct nurturing environment to facilitate personal growth and development.
In Cumberland School you will find a staff group committed to supporting the individual needs of young people, committed to delivering high quality education, and rigorous in their approach to nurture and care.