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  • Underley Garden School
    Kirkby Lonsdale
    LA6 2DZ
  • Head: Ms April Boyd
  • T 015242 71569
  • F 01524 272581
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability; SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 61
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: No open days planned in 2021/22
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

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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What the school says...

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 other 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018 Ms April Boyd BEd. After completing her Primary Teaching degree at Edge Hill University in 2011 April took her first step in a teaching career at Underley Garden School, as KS3-4 teacher, before the school expanded their primary provision, Holly Trees. As leader of Holly Trees, April progressed to Assistant Head Teacher and then to Head of School in 2018. In September 2020 the role was changed to Headteacher.


Pupils come from Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the north east but there have been some referrals from London too. Many local special schools cater for children with autism and severe learning difficulties but there is a national shortage of places for children who are more able but have complex behaviours. Additional provision is being proposed which is hoped will increase the capacity to 72...

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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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