Pontville School - residential and day special school in Ormskirk, Lancashire | Witherslack Group
An 'Outstanding' school where the development of communication skills is at the heart off everything.
Pontville School is a co-educational, independent specialist day and residential school in Lancashire, providing high quality education and care for children between the ages of 5 and 19. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with speech, language and social communication difficulties, Situated in Ormskirk, the school has a unique approach, whereby all subject teaching is designed to make communication skills a central theme to their content.
Courses we offer include externally accredited courses up to GCSE in 11 subject areas and 16+ provision including specialist facilities for Catering, Construction and Land Based Studies. In addition to specialist areas for a wide range of curriculum subjects, our school can offer a wider range of supported study thanks to its extensive links with the local mainstream secondary school and college. Recent inspection by Ofsted rated our care and education ‘Outstanding’, while our commitment to long term life skills has been recognised with external awards for Careers Guidance Services and the Healthy Schools Initiative.
Input from experienced, specialist Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and an on-site Educational Psychologist is available to all pupils, as are individualised programmes to address the specific therapeutic, care and behaviour needs associated with communication impairments, and the use of specialist therapeutic suites.
Pontville offers on-site residential provision for up to 38 weeks of the year. Thanks to its partnership with The Birches, a Witherslack Group Children’s Home nearby, Pontville School can expand it’s boarding options to include 52 week residential care and education, offering excellent levels of communication and consistency for all aspects of a child’s wellbeing.
Pontville School at a Glance
Outstanding Ofsted inspection for education and residential care
Fully differentiated and specialist curriculum at Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and 16+
Unique and innovative approach to curriculum planning and delivery
Academic, Vocational and Alternative programmes of study
Use of Group Vocational Learning Centre offering City & Guilds accredited courses in Motor Vehicle Engineering & Maintenance, Construction and Plastering, Landscaping and Horticulture
Individual and Group Speech and Language Therapy
Individual and Group based Occupational Therapy
On site support from an Educational Psychologist
Access to OT and CAMHS team support
Access to a wide range of accreditation, including: GCSE, NVQ and Entry Awards
"The effectiveness of teaching and assessment are outstanding in meeting the full range of pupils" Ofsted report (2009)
Specialist teaching areas
Specialist therapeutic suites (speech and language , sensory integration etc)
High tech learning resources
Residential provision on site - recognised outstanding for the past six years, and good with outstanding features the previous 3 years
External quality standards in ‘Careers Education and Guidance’ , ‘Healthy Schools Initiative’ and ‘IIP’
"My time at Pontville School and The Birches Children’s Home was the best of my life and I would thank all the staff for helping me. I was there for a few years and really enjoyed it. I was sad to leave and although I still miss it now, I have moved into supported living in my local area. I believe Pontville is the greatest school ever because the support I received was so good. The Birches and The Witherslack Group were so kind and supportive to me too."
- Bradley George Wilson, former student from Pontville School
Message from the Head Teacher
Welcome to Pontville School. Our school is designed to offer a high quality provision for young people with Social Communication Difficulties with a unique curriculum approach that suits the breadth of age and need.
I hope that through our website you will get a flavour of our school and that the information provided is useful to you. Should you feel you need more information or simply wish to find out more by talking to someone at the school please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help you and your child in the search for the right provision. Visits to our school by parents, Local Authorities and other Children’s Services are welcome at any time.
Elaine Riley, Head Teacher
Local Authority Feedback
“Pontville School impresses by being flexible and able to develop individualised packages. The school is outcome focused and has a very positive impact on attainment and behaviour. There is good communication with parents and the local authority. Overall, I feel that Pontville is key in helping the young people we have placed there to realise their full potential.”