Cedar House School

We provide a happy, welcoming and motivating learning environment, where the whole school enjoy their learning and are encouraged to achieve success.

“Can I take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the care that has been provided by the staff? I have been so impressed with the co-operation and motivation shown. The ability to engage and include this pupil has been impressive and reflects the philosophy in the school.”

Children’s Services


Cedar House School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day and residential school on the North Yorkshire, Lancashire border providing high quality education and care for children between the ages of 7 and 18. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils exhibiting social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, alongside a range of other associated conditions.

A commitment to delivering a truly ‘full offer’ allows Cedar House School to continually enable young people to succeed.  Our staff celebrate the individuality of every young person and focus on developing their talents.

 The School’s primary provision ensures that a nurturing environment and extensive therapeutic support allows a seamless transition to a secondary school that boasts a broad curriculum and impressive vocational offer.  This comprehensive package equips each young person with the skills and confidence to achieve both academic and life success.  Ultimately, young people leave ready to live life to the full.

Our Aims & Ethos

We are committed to providing our pupils with a caring, positive and welcoming learning environment where they can achieve their full potential in their education and develop their social communication.

Our broad curriculum allows pupils to pursue both academic and vocational paths allowing individuals to strive in their areas of strengths. 

Cedar House School is committed to the following principles:

  • To respect the value of all individual pupils and staff
  • To provide the highest standards of care and education
  • To ensure safety, security and opportunities for success

Cedar House School at a Glance

  1. ADHD, ASC, Asp, SEMH, PDA
  2. 7 - 18
  3. Day, 52 Week, Boarding
  4. Boys & Girls

“Cedar House achieves where main stream schools fail. Their professionalism and true understanding of each child’s needs help them to offer the support that will help your child to find their way forward.”


Below are just some of the key aspects of our school’s offer to our pupils and families:

  • In-house Educational Psychologist, Art Therapist, Mental Health Practitioner, Creative Counsellor, Holistic Therapist (providing massage therapy) and Speech and Language Therapist, with additional access to the Witherslack Group Therapy Team overseen by Dr Madeleine Portwood, including occupational therapy and bereavement counselling.
  • Full curriculum provided with extended curriculum opportunities including conservation work, horse riding, community work and drumming.
  • Post 16 provision tailored to meet the individual needs of each student . Programme includes targeted Literacy and Numeracy sessions; life skills acquisition (through the ASDAN scheme); attendance at local colleges; and extended work experience placements.
  • Class tutors to support individual learning needs and act as learning mentors.
  • Structured evening and weekend activities with opportunities to gain external accreditations.
  • Extensive school grounds which include lawn areas, playground, primary adventure playground, large sports field and small woodland area.

Our Local Offer

As a parent or carer we understand you will have plenty of questions when considering the best school for your child.

Our local offer attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our website to find out more. We will also be happy to answer any questions over the phone or arrange for you and your child to visit the school, so please just get in touch..

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Message from the Head Teacher

At Cedar House School we pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of education and care for all of our pupils.  We have established our reputation through working closely with parents, carers and other agencies to ensure that we are able to adapt programmes to best meet individuals’ needs.

All pupils are given the opportunities to discover and develop their talents in order for them to reach their full potential.  The excellent facilities on offer, both on the school site and in the wider community, enable pupils to access a wide range of meaningful learning experiences and encourage them to explore the world around them.

We welcome visits from parents, carers, local authorities and other agencies, so please contact us at any time for further information.

Kathryn Taylor

What we’ve been up to at Cedar House School

Pupil picks up well deserved award

Courtney, a Year 11 leaver from Cedar House School and a resident who lives at one of our children’s homes recently celebrated her win at the Cumbria Children in Care Council (CiCC) Awards 2016. Courtney was crowned the winner in her category of ...

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