Our Location

Cumberland School is located in Lancashire, however pupils who attend our school travel from across the North West region.

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

To help you plan your journey download our location maps.

Click here to download our location map for the Beacon Campus 

Click here to download our location map for the Bridge Campus 

Welcome from the Head Teacher

We very much adopt a ‘can do’ philosophy and instil this attitude in all our pupils. All staff in our school have a passion and conviction that our pupils are able to achieve what their potential suggests, and we endeavour to do all in our power, and beyond, to ensure this happens. We are always optimistic about our pupils’ continual success, progress and achievement.

We encourage all pupils to have high aspirations and accept no restriction on what is possible. We formulate highly individualised timetables at Key Stage 4 which are designed to help them develop and achieve within their chosen academic and vocational pathways, and also to offer the best opportunities to succeed in further education and/or employment in the future.

The Bridge Campus and the Beacon Campus both offer outstanding teaching, therapeutic support and vocational pathways which positions Cumberland as a school that is striving to go beyond outstanding.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Cumberland School experience for yourself.

Christopher Newiss (Beacon) and Sue Gill (Bridge)

We are dedicated to providing:

The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
Opportunities to prepare pupils to progress to their next stage of development, be it education, employment or training, with enthusiasm, motivation and optimism for the future.
Encouragement and support to enable pupils to become independent, equipped with the skills and qualities to make a positive contribution to society.

Aims and Ethos

At Cumberland School we are committed to giving our pupils a creative, caring and innovative learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and social communication.

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Our School at a Glance

A dual campus model offering specialist learning environments for SEMH and ASD.
In-house Speech and Language Therapist, Person Centred Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist, supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
Designated School/Home Liaison Officer to enable consistent communication with parents and carers and to support induction for new pupils.
The Bridge Campus: A specialist provision with a dedicated curriculum and environment to better meet the needs of pupils with ASD and associated complex needs.
The Beacon Campus: A purpose built learning environment and vocational centre for pupils with SEMH.
Internal Team Around the Child (ITAC) meetings, where all staff involved with the child discuss progress and plan new strategies, establishing an integrated approach between education and therapy.
A broad vocational offer which includes Motor Vehicle Engineering, a range of Construction qualifications, Media Studies, Catering, Music, Digital Creativity, Horticulture and Small Animal Care.
Small class groups (maximum 8 pupils)

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.