About Westmorland School

Westmorland School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Chorley, the school meets the needs of pupils with a range of needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, speech, language and communication difficulties, and autism.

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Our Location

Westmorland School is located in Chorley, 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 Westmorland 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

A big warm welcome to Westmorland School where we have a fantastic, diverse range of children who continually amaze us every day. Our warm and friendly learning environment helps them to quickly settle into our school and any negative experiences they have had in previous educational settings are quickly forgotten. You can see them physically start to relax, become less anxious and ultimately start to recognise the fun of learning here.

We have a dedicated and talented staff team, who are relentless in their support of all our children.  Their experience and expertise combine to ensure outstanding progress and outcomes for every child that results in them being able to exceed expectations.

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

Sue Asher

Westmorland School Head Teacher Sue Asher

We are dedicated to providing:

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

Aims and Ethos

The school’s ethos is based on our school motto, ‘we learn to live together, together we live to learn’.

We are committed to giving our children a creative, caring and innovative learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and develop their social communication.


Our School at a Glance

Provision clusters ensure that each child’s needs are fully catered for. This individualised approach is also adopted when considering the whole school environment, staffing and resources.
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils, with high staff ratios at all times of the day and a designated pastoral support worker specific to each provision cluster.
Comprehensive on-site progress support, with tailored interventions ensuring maximum impact for all of our learners.
High levels of progress in all subject areas with outstanding SATs results.
A social communication curriculum throughout the day, ensuring that pupils can generalise these skills in different environments and with different audiences.
A Therapy Team including Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapy practitioners, Educational Psychologists and Psychotherapists, supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.

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.