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  • Peterhouse School
    Preston New Road
    PR9 8PA
  • Head: Janet Allan
  • T 01704 506682
  • F 01704 506683
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 19 with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Sefton
  • Pupils: 44 (38 boys, 6 girls); 7 full, 2 flexi boarders; sixth formers: 21 in further education department (16 boys, 5 girls)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £38,190 +; Boarding £52,706 - £81,854 pa
  • Open days: Visits by appointment, arranged via school office
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 27th February 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 16th July 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 19th June 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Despite the challenges, there is an air of calm about the place. You sense that, despite the outward appearance of being relaxed around each other, the school has everything under control. All the buzz words around positive intervention seem to take shape and become a reality here. Very high staff ratio, always someone around keeping an eye – as close as is necessary, but no closer. Students still have room to breathe, and sometimes just to ‘be’, whilst clearly feeling safe. At the time of our visit, school was… 

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What the school says...

Our school caters for children on the autism spectrum. We aim to: maximize each indivdidual's educational potential; acknowledge each pupil as a person with a focus on their preferences and strengths; acknowledge each person's autism, the unique impact of this and the personalised strategies required; focus on outcomes in preparation for adulthood - preparing young people to be 'successful adults with autism' ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Janet Allan BA PGCE SEN Dipl NPQH. Previously deputy head (joined school in 2003 as a class teacher).

A mother of two teenagers, she lives locally, and with a ready smile and genuine handshake, offers a warm welcome to the school. Very much a team player, she knows and is known by all and values her committed team of staff who ‘keep her going’ when the paperwork mounts up.

Like many heads, she fights the battle of red tape on a daily basis with tribunals, tenders, referrals, policies and procedures creating an ever-increasing administrative mountain – all necessary but hugely time-consuming and growing by the year. That said, she’s here for the children and young people in her care and every positive outcome achieved...

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Special Education Needs

Peterhouse School provides education and care for up to 64 young people with autistic spectrum disorders. Placements are provided on a day or residential basis. Residential placements may be weekly, termly or 52 week, and we also provide respite provision.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
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
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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