Pontville School

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

"My time at Pontville School and The Birches Children’s Home was the best of my life and I would thank all the staff for helping me. I was there for a few years and really enjoyed it. I was sad to leave and although I still miss it now, I have moved into supported living in my local area. I believe Pontville is the greatest school ever because the support I received was so good. The Birches and The Witherslack Group were so kind and supportive to me too."

Bradley George Wilson, former student from Pontville School


Pontville School is a co-educational, independent specialist residential and day school in Lancashire. With a record of continued outstanding Ofsted results Pontville School is regarded by many as the first choice school for speech, language and social communication in the UK.  The school offers day, flexible termly and 52 week residential options for children and young people aged 5 to 19.

All pupils access speech and language therapy and individualised programmes, which are uniquely integrated within the curriculum, to address the specific therapeutic, care and behaviour needs associated with communication impairments. The specialist provision aims to remove the barriers to achievement so that the young people at Pontville School really do achieve beyond their goals and aspirations.

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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.

Pontville 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

Pontville School at a Glance

  1. ASC, Asp, SLCN
  2. 5 - 19
  3. Day, 38 Week, 52 Week
  4. Boys & Girls

“The key aspects are pupils’ performance in comprehension, expression, social communication and the key skills required for functional development. These skills are seamlessly entwined into the curriculum planning for all subjects.”


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

  • In-house Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Worker and Educational Psychologist, with additional support from the Witherslack Group Therapy team, overseen by Dr Madeleine Portwood.
  • Small class groups (average six pupils) with pupils grouped according to language level.
  • Personalised education programmes with outstanding outcomes for our young people.
  • Work experience programmes, Duke of Edinburgh Award courses, access to vocational centre, and 16+ centre to support link courses at mainstream colleges.
  • Specialist residential on-site 38 week provision judged by Ofsted as outstanding.
  • Specialist 52 week Children’s Home working alongside the school judged by Ofsted as outstanding.

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

Pontville School has a dedicated, talented and experienced staff team who always go the extra mile for the pupils.

We work in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals as we recognise the importance of a collaborative approach to supporting the needs of children and young people in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. The breadth of the curriculum, the extra-curricular activities and therapies, and the personalised approach matching provision to individual needs is supported by our highly specialist site. We pride ourselves in our work with parents and carers as partners in the development of their child.

We love to celebrate our unique offer and hold regular open days, workshops and conferences.  Please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit as we like to meet with parents and professionals to provide information about what our school can offer.

Justine Sims

Head Teacher

What we’ve been up to at Pontville School

Pupils and staff celebrate Ofsted result

We are please to annoucne that Pontville School was recently awarded good in our residential Ofsted inspection. Here are some of the highlights from the official report: “The pupils continue to be at the centre of all practice and make ...

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Our bloggers take the hot seat

If you have been following Pontville School’s weekly blog, you will be familiar with the wide range of interesting news that the team of bloggers report on each week.  What you may not know is that team is made up of just two pupils, Ben and ...

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