About Cedar House School

Cedar House School is a co-educational, independent specialist day and residential school, providing  high quality education and care for boys and girls. Based in Bentham, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils exhibiting Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, alongside a range of other associated conditions.

Notification: Coronavirus/COVID-19

We want to reassure parents and carers that as a school we are closely following government guidance concerning the current Coronavirus situation.  We are also regularly monitoring any updates concerning the guidance.  You can view the current government guidance by clicking the button below:

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Our location

Cedar House School is located in Bentham on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Day pupils who attend our school travel from across the two regions, whilst pupils who live in our boarding houses return to their home setting on a weekly, fortnightly or termly basis.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Cedar House experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location map.

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Welcome 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 meet individual needs.

All pupils are given the opportunities to discover and develop their talents in order 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 range of meaningful learning experiences which encourage them to explore the world around them.

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

Kath Taylor

We are dedicated to:

Achieving the highest quality education and nurturing care so that every pupil can achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community.
Providing a happy, positive, secure and caring environment.
Offering a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum.

Aims and Ethos

We are committed to providing our pupils with a happy, nurturing and motivating atmosphere for them to enjoy their learning and where they are encouraged to reach their potential.

Independent Specialist Boarding Offer

For some young people with special educational needs a residential boarding placement can offer the right balance of education, support and stability that will then allow them to make rapid academic progress and develop socially.

The young person will attend the school as a day pupil, benefiting from the expertise and support we offer whilst the residential offer provides a warm and welcoming environment that allows for the development of positive relationships with peers and adults. The dedicated staff team create a family atmosphere where shared experiences provide opportunities for personal development and a sense of belonging.

Our young people live in our boarding houses and return to their home setting on a weekly, fortnightly or termly basis.

Find out more about our boarding offer by clicking here


Our school at a Glance

In-school Educational Psychologist, Art Therapist, Mental Health Practitioners, Holistic Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and a Psychology Assistant, with additional access to the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
Post 16 provision tailored to meet the needs of individual students. The programme includes targeted Literacy and Numeracy sessions; life skills acquisition (through the ASDAN scheme); attendance at local colleges; and extended work experience placements.
Full curriculum provided with extended opportunities including conservation work, horse riding, a variety of sporting activities and clubs, local community work and drumming workshops.
Dedicated Nurture Group helps pupils to engage with learning in a highly specialised classroom.
Structured evening and weekend activities with opportunities to gain external accreditations.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; Asperger’s Syndrome; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.