About Lakeside School

Lakeside School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Liverpool, the school meets the needs of pupils with special needs including ADHD, autism, speech, language & communication difficulties and social & emotional difficulties.

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Our Location

Lakeside School is located in Liverpool and pupils who attend our school travel from across the North West region.

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

To help you plan your journey download our location map here.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

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 and 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, fishing, gardening, tennis, arts and crafts, rugby, horse riding, fitness, survival skills, dance, yoga and textiles.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself our very special environment and the excellent work of our pupils.

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We are dedicated to:

The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
Creating positive, safe and nurturing environments where pupils are valued as individuals and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline and respect.
Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community

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.


Our School at a Glance

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 Clinical Team.
A unique creative learning approach allows pupils to fully engage in the curriculum. Pupils are taught through creative projects where they immerse themselves in learning through a topic theme.
Judged as being outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (Jan 2017), with pupils making rapid progress and achieving exceptionally well over time.
A highly qualified staff team, all trained by Speech and Language Therapists & Occupational Therapists, as well as national accredited courses and trainers.
Small school (maximum 32 pupils) and small class groups (average size 6 pupils) with pupils grouped according to ability, where appropriate.

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.