Lakeside School

We nurture every child’s talent to release their full potential.

“It is thanks to Lakeside that our son has the opportunity to return to mainstream education... we hope he can achieve as much in mainstream school as he has at Lakeside.”

Parent of Lakeside School pupil

Welcome to Lakeside School

Lakeside School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day school in Merseyside providing high quality education for children between the ages of 5 and 13. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with special needs including speech, language and communication difficulties; attention deficit disorder; and social and emotional difficulties.

‘Great things come in little packages’ – this is never truer than at Lakeside School where our close knit and long standing staff team have created a truly nurturing and family orientated culture in a tranquil and homely setting.  The school’s ambition is to ‘nurture every child’s talent to release their full potential’ and our track record is one of outstanding achievement, both in terms of academic progress and unrivalled outcomes for children who have been failed by previous educational settings.

Our staff team’s expertise and experience sets Lakeside School apart and this is evidenced by both the schools ability to engage with every child and their record of returning children to mainstream education.

Our Awards

Our Aims & Ethos

We are committed to providing our pupils with a caring, nurturing and positive learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and develop their social communication.

The broad curriculum allows pupils to develop academically and at the same time we encourage them to find and build their individual talents and interests through experiencing a wide range of new activities.

Lakeside School at a Glance

  2. 5 - 13
  3. Day, 52 Week
  4. Boys & Girls

"My son attended Lakeside. I am so very grateful for the foundation they have laid for his future. Without Lakeside I honestly don't know what the future would have held for him. Thank you for everything you have done for us."


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

  • Judged as being outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (Jan 2017), with pupils making rapid progress and achieving exceptionally well over time.
  • In-house Speech and Language Therapist, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Practitioner, Assistant Psychologist and Educational Psychologist, with access to the wider Witherslack Group Therapy Team.
  • Small school (maximum 32 pupils) and small class groups (average size 6 pupils) with pupils grouped according to ability, where appropriate.
  • A highly qualified and experienced staff team, all trained by Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, as well as via national courses and trainers.

Our children’s home

Our homes provide complete 52 week wrap around care. We are partnered with the following Witherslack Group children's home:

Our SEN Information Report

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

Our SEN Information Report (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

Lakeside School has a proven track record of delivering excellent outcomes for our pupils, in all areas of their development, having achieved an outstanding judgement for the third time by Ofsted (Nov 2010, Jan 2014, Jan 2017). Our small, calm, nurturing environment provides pupils with the opportunities to thrive educationally, socially and behaviourally.

We pride ourselves on offering our pupils a family orientated environment, safe in the knowledge that in order for pupils to make progress academically, they need to feel comfortable in their surroundings.  Our highly trained specialist staff offer high levels of support and encourage pupils to become independent, productive members of society.

Our curriculum is individualised to each pupil. In addition to the provision of the full national curriculum, which includes intervention programmes where appropriate, we also offer our ‘Children’s Choice’ curriculum, which provides pupils with opportunities to develop skills and talents in areas such as golf, trampolining, fishing, photography, gardening, drums, tennis, arts and crafts, rugby and ‘Wow’ Science.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself our very special environment, the excellent work that our pupils do, and to meet the staff team.

Vicky Size

Head Teacher

What we’ve been up to at Lakeside School

Pupils walk in the shoes of the homeless

Pupils in Cedar Class from Lakeside School have been learning about the lives of homeless people.  In fact, to truly experience life on the streets they took advantage of the recent snow to build shelters from cardboard boxes and also used ...

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