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There is an enormous number of staff who have a wide range of specialisms - a boon for parents who are bone-tired from trailing around various appointments. Something of a rarity in that there are rather more girls than is usual in residential special schools and Underley Gardens is finding interesting ways to support their development. And also in being able to support more able children ...


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Located near the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, Underley Garden is an independent special school and children's home. We are specialists in education, care and therapy for young people with autistic spectrum conditions, learning difficulties and mental health needs.

The school and home provide for young people between the ages of nine to 19. The children's home is rated outstanding by Ofsted. The school was judged to be good with outstanding features at the most recent inspection.

We also provide continuing care through our 19-25 service, Underley Adult Care.
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Executive Principal

Since January 2017, Ann Henderson. She is a special needs career professional. Qualified as a primary and early years teacher, then was a SENCo for three years before taking up a post in a school for physically disabled young people. She was principal officer for SEN services in Cumbria for six years and then a specialist advisor for the DfE, but as special needs teams began to shrink, she decided she would like to go back into schools and did a fast track head teacher qualification. She was head of Woodlands, a special school in Blackpool, before joining the Witherslack group where she was interim headteacher in two schools before becoming a regional director of a group of specialist residential schools.

While she is a good listener, Henderson has an...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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 Y
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 Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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