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Pontville School - residential and day special school in Ormskirk, Lancashire | Witherslack Group

Pontville School

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’