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  • Oversands School
    LA11 6SD
  • Head: Ms Joanna Burdon
  • T 015395 52397
  • F 01539 552419
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 8 to 19 with autism spectrum disorder and associated conditions, learning difficulties, and social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 71
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Usually paid by LA
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Special Education Needs

Witherslack Hall School caters for boys exhibiting social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The school provides a safe, secure and caring environment for boys with: Specific Learning Difficulties, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, Attachment Disorders, Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Pathological Demand Avoidance Disorders, Anxiety and Depression. The school employs nearly 100 trained staff including a full-time Educational Psychologist and a Speech and Lanuage Therapist. In addition to the National Curriculum we deliver an extensive Vocational Programme including Construction, Environmental Studies, Motor Vehicle Engineering and Catering to name but a few. We also have 38 qualified care staff to manage over 25 risk-assessed recreational activities. The school has a hugely successful record of sporting achievements. Two detached cottages are provided for Year 11 and Post 16 provision, where each young person completes a personalised leavers' programme which incorporates all aspects of helping to live life independently. Post 16 young men will also attend local colleges with support staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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