Whitefield School is an Outstanding group of special schools with high standards of education and welfare and personalised learning pathways for every pupil.
Each of our three sub-schools provides targeted teaching and learning opportunities for a specific group of pupils:
Margaret Brearley School
For pupils aged 3-19 years old with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and those with multi-sensory impairment i.e. those who have a sensory impairment alongside other special needs such as learning difficulties or physical impairment
Peter Turner Primary School
For pupils aged 3-11 years old who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, speech and language impairment or hearing loss with related learning difficulties
Niels Chapman Secondary School
For pupils aged 11-19 years old with a wide range of abilities. All pupils have communication and interaction needs whilst some may be on the autistic spectrum, have speech and language difficulties or have hearing loss. The school also caters for pupils with associated behaviour difficulties.
Whilst serving different groups of pupils, all three schools share a commitment to accurately meeting individual needs and providing each pupil with an education that is right for them. As well as delivering excellent pedagogy through our bespoke pathway curriculum, we offer a wide range of expressive arts, physical education and outdoor opportunities designed to help pupils develop new skills and interests.
All three schools have a strong focus on communication and we use a variety of strategies to help pupils develop the tools they need to express themselves effectively. Our speech and language therapists work closely with classroom practitioners to develop pupils’ communication skills and provide them with the tools that are right for them. Our speech and language therapists also provide high-quality training to other members of our team so we can support pupils develop their communication skills as much as possible.
Our holistic curriculum offer includes in house Art Therapy. Our pupils have the opportunity to develop and express their emotion through the enjoyment of music. We commission an occupational therapist who works with pupils and guides staff and advises parents on how to support their children with their physical and