About Pontville School

Pontville School is a co-educational, independent specialist day and residential school, providing high quality education for boys and girls. With a record of continued outstanding Ofsted results, the school based in Ormskirk is regarded by many as the first choice for speech, language and social communication in the UK.

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

Pontville School is located in Lancashire. Day pupils who attend our school travel from across the North West, while pupils who board with us return to their home setting on a weekly basis.

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

To arrange a visit contact us directly.

Click here to download our location map

Click here to download our 16-19 Centre’s location map 

Welcome from the Head Teacher

Pontville School has a dedicated, talented and experienced staff team who always go the extra mile for the pupils.

We work in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals as we recognise the importance of a collaborative approach to supporting the needs of children and young people in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The breadth of the curriculum, the extra-curricular activities and therapies, and the personalised approach matching provision to individual needs is supported by our highly specialist site. We pride ourselves in our work with parents and carers as partners in the development of their child.

We love to celebrate our unique offer and hold regular open days, workshops and conferences.  Please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit as we like to meet with parents and professionals to provide information about what our school can offer.

Justine Sims

We are dedicated to:

Achieving the highest quality education and nurturing care so that every child 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.

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 basis.

Find out more about our boarding offer by clicking here


Our school at a Glance

In-­house Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Practitioners and Educational Psychologists, with additional support from the Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
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 dedicated and highly resourced vocational centre, comprehensive 16 to 19 programme and additional options, such as Duke of Edinburgh Award courses.
A record of delivering an Ofsted outstanding curriculum, uniquely individualised to each pupil, to achieve the highest possible outcomes for our young people.
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high staff ratios and additional pastoral and academic support.

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.