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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 School experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location maps.

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Click here to download our Cumberland School Station Road Campus location map 


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Welcome from the Head Teacher at Cumberland School

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.

Our school has recently split across two sites to further enhance the learning experience of our pupils. Our new Station Road Campus is a bespoke provision for Key Stage 4 pupils. The new facility is an extension of Cumberland School, which provides pupils with opportunities to 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.

Christopher Newiss

Cumberland School Head Teacher

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.


Our School at a Glance

In-school Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and Mental Health practitioner supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
A broad vocational offer which includes a range of Construction qualifications, Motor Vehicle Studies, Media Studies, Catering, Music, Digital Creativity, Horticulture and Small Animal Care, in partnership with local providers.
Weekly Internal Team around the Child (ITAC) meeting where all staff involved with the child discuss progress and plan new strategies, establishing an integrated approach between education and therapy.
Access to personalised intervention programmes to improve Social Communication, Literacy and Numeracy.
Designated Family Liaison Officer to enable consistent communication with parents and carers and to support induction for new pupils.
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratios.

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.