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Special needs schools in the North-West

Are you looking for a special needs school in the North-West, or trying to find out more information about special schools in the region?

Search here for independent special needs schools in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, the Isle of Man, Lancashire and Merseyside. Find and compare schools nearest to you and those with particular specialisms.

You will find all special schools in the North-West listed at the bottom of this page, with abbreviations denoting the conditions each school caters for (check our glossary for definitions).

Click on a school's name for information about that school. Schools at the top of the listings in highlighted panels feature full profile information including social media, website and email links and optional video.  

You can narrow down your search by using the search boxes below to select schools by age, gender, those that offer residential facilities, and those that have a speciality in:

a) social interaction difficulties (including autism and Asperger syndrome)

b) emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties 

c) learning difficulties (including dyslexia/SPLD) 

d) sensory or physical impairment 

Our postcode search facility allows you to find and compare schools nearest to you by searching a radius of two to 100 miles. 

You can gain further advice from a selection of articles on this website about choosing a special needs school.  

These search results are from www.specialneedsguide.co.uk, the online edition of John Catt's Which School? for Special Needs guidebook.



Acorns School

19b Hibbert Lane,
Marple,
Stockport,
SK6 7NN,
Greater Manchester

EBD

Appletree School

Natland,
Kendal,
LA9 7QS,
Cumbria

AttDD, ADHD, BESD, DEL, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, GLD, HighA, LD, MLD, SCD, SEMH

Arden College

40 Derby Road,
Southport,
PR9 0TZ,
Merseyside

LD, SEMH

Ashcroft School

Together Trust Campus,
Schools Hill,
Cheadle,
SK8 1JE,
Greater Manchester

ADHD, ASD, BESD, EBD, SEMH

Aurora Brambles East School

The Woodlands,
Holly Tree Close,
Darwen,
BB3 2NG,
Lancashire

ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, DYSL, MLD, SEMH

Aurora Brambles School

159 Longmeanygate,
Midge Hill,
Leyland,
PR26 7TB,
Lancashire

ASD, ASP, AUT, DYSL, EBD, MLD, SEMH

Aurora Keyes Barn School

Station Road,
Salwick,
Preston,
PR4 0YH,
Lancashire

SEMH

Beaumont College

Slyne Road,
Lancaster,
LA2 6AP,
Lancashire

GLD, LD, PhysD, Physlmp

Belmont School

Haslingden Road,
Rawtenstall,
Rossendale,
BB4 6RX,
Lancashire

SEMH

Birtenshaw School (Bolton)

Darwen Road,
Bolton,
BL7 9AB,
Greater Manchester

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, CLD, CP, DEL, EPI, GLD, Hlmp, LD, MLD, MSI, PhysD, Physlmp, PartH, PMLD, PNI, SCD, SCLD, SLD, SPLI, SpeechLD, VIS

Birtenshaw School (Merseyside)

82 Higher Lane,
Liverpool,
L9 7AB,
Merseyside

ASD, MSI, PhysD, SCD

Bracken School

1 Harbour Lane,
Warton,
Preston,
PR4 1YA,
Lancashire

ADHD, DYSL, MLD

Bridge College

Openshaw Campus,
Whitworth Street,
Manchester,
M11 2GR,
Greater Manchester

ASD, AUT, CLD, LD, Physlmp, PMLD, SCD

Cambian Chesham House School

Chesham House,
Thrush Drive,
Bury,
BL9 6JD,
Greater Manchester

BESD, EBD, LD, SEMH

Cambian Red Rose School

Meadow Lane,
Bamber Bridge,
Preston,
PR5 8LN,
Lancashire

ADHD, BESD, EBD, SEMH

Cambian Tyldesley School

Shuttle Street,
Tyldesley,
Leigh,
M29 8BS,
Greater Manchester

ADHD, ASD, AUT, EBD, SEMH, SLD

Cambian Whinfell School

110 Windermere Road,
Kendal,
LA9 5EZ,
Cumbria

ASD, ASP, AUT, DYSL, DYSP, MLD

Cedar House School

Bentham,
Lancaster,
LA2 7DD,
Lancashire

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, BESD, DYSP, EBD, EPI, GLD, LD, MLD, SCD, SEMH, SPLD, SpeechLD

Chaigeley

Lymm Road,
Thelwall,
Warrington,
WA4 2TE

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, DYSL, EBD, GLD, HighA, LD, MLD, SCD, SEMH, SLD, SpeechLD

Cornerstones

2 Victoria Road,
Grappenhall,
Warrington,
WA4 2EN

AUT, EBD

Crookhey Hall School

Crookhey Hall, Garstang Road,
Cockerham,
Lancaster,
LA2 0HA,
Lancashire

SEMH

Cumberland School

Rivington Lane,
Rivington,
Bolton,
BL6 7RX,
Greater Manchester

ADHD, ASD, ASP, BESD, MLD, SEMH, SpeechLD

Eden Park Academy

119 Warwick Road,
Carlisle,
CA1 1JZ,
Cumbria

EBD

Elland House School

Unit 7, Roman Road,
Royton,
OL2 5PJ,
Lancashire

BESD

Fairfield House School

57 Warburton Lane,
Partington,
Manchester,
M31 4NL,
Greater Manchester

ASD

Fell House School

Grange Fell Road,
Grange-Over-Sands,
LA11 6AS,
Cumbria

EBD

Great Howarth School

Rochdale,
OL12 9HJ,
Greater Manchester

ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, EBD, SEMH

Halton School

31-33 Main Street,
Halton Village,
Runcorn,
WA7 2AN,
Cheshire

EBD

High Peak School

Mudhurst Lane,
Higher Disley,
Stockport,
SK12 2AP,
Cheshire

ADHD, ASD, MLD, SEMH

Hope Corner School

70 Clifton Road,
Runcorn,
WA7 4TD,
Cheshire

ASD, BESD, MLD

Inscape House School

Together Trust Campus,
Schools Hill,
Cheadle, Stockport,
SK8 1JE,
Cheshire

ASD, ASP, AUT, CLD

Kirby Moor School

Longtown Road,
Brampton,
CA8 2AB,
Cumbria

ADHD, ASD, AUT, BESD, EBD, SEMH

Lakeside School

Naylors Road,
Huyton,
Liverpool,
L27 2YA,
Merseyside

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, CLD, DEL, DYSL, DYSP, EPI, HighA, Hlmp, LD, MLD, Physlmp, SCD, SEMH, SPLI, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS

Langdon College

9 Leicester Avenue,
Salford,
M7 4HA,
Greater Manchester

ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, GLD, Hlmp, LD, MLD, Physlmp, PartH, SCD, SPLI, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS

Learn 4 Life School

Quarry Bank Community Centre,
364 Ormskirk Road, Tanhouse,
Skelmersdale,
WN8 9AL,
Lancashire

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, DYSL, EBD, GLD, SCD

Lime Meadows

73 Taunton Road,
Ashton-Under-Lyne,
OL7 9DU,
Greater Manchester

EBD

Liverpool Progressive School

Rice Lane,
Liverpool,
L9 1NR,
Merseyside

ASD, PMLD

Moorlands View School

Manchester Road,
Dunnockshaw,
Burnley,
BB11 5PQ,
Lancashire

EBD

Nugent House School

Carr Mill Road,
Billinge,
Wigan,
WN5 7TT,
Greater Manchester

EBD

Oakfield House School

Station Road,
Salwick,
Preston,
PR4 0YH,
Lancashire

ASD, SEMH

Oliver House School

Hallgate,
Astley Village,
Chorley,
PR7 1XA,
Lancashire

ASD, ASP, AUT, LD

Olsen House School

85-87 Liverpool Road,
Liverpool,
L23 5TD,
Merseyside

ADHD, ASD, LD, SEMH

Oversands School

Witherslack,
Grange-Over-Sands,
LA11 6SD,
Cumbria

ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, EBD, MLD, SEMH, SPLD

Peterhouse School

Preston New Road,
Southport,
PR9 8PA,
Merseyside

ASD, ASP, AUT

Pontville School

Black Moss Lane,
Ormskirk,
L39 4TW,
Lancashire

ADHD, ASD, ASP, CLD, MLD, SCD, SEMH, SPLI, SPLD, SpeechLD

Progress School

Gough Lane,
Bamber Bridge,
Preston,
PR5 6AQ,
Lancashire

AUT, PMLD, SCLD, SLD

Red Rose School

28-30 North Promenade,
St Annes on Sea,
Lytham St Annes,
FY8 2NQ,
Lancashire

ASD, DEL, SPLD

Reddish Hall School

Denstone Road,
Reddish,
Stockport,
SK5 6UY,
Greater Manchester

ADHD, ASP, DYSL, DYSP, MLD, SPLD

Roselyn House School

Moss Lane,
Off Wigan Road,
Leyland,
PR25 4SE,
Lancashire

AUT, EBD

Rossendale School

Bamford Road,
Ramsbottom,
Bury,
BL0 0RT,
Lancashire

AttDD, ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, CLD, DYSL, DYSP, EBD, EPI, HighA, SCD, SEMH, SLD, SPLD

Royal College Manchester

160-166 Stanley Road,
Cheadle Hulme, Heald Green,
Cheadle,
SK8 6RQ,
Cheshire

ASD, Deaf, MSI, PhysD, PMLD, VIS

Royal School for the Blind

Church Road North,
Wavertree,
Liverpool,
L15 6TQ,
Merseyside

ASD, AUT, BESD, CLD, CP, Deaf, EBD, EPI, Hlmp, MLD, MSI, PhysD, Physlmp, PartH, PMLD, PNI, SCLD, SLD, SPLI, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS

Royal School Manchester

Seashell Trust,
Stanley Road,
Cheadle,
SK8 6RQ,
Cheshire

ASD, Deaf, Hlmp, MSI, PMLD

St Vincent's School for the Visually Handicapped

Yew Tree Lane,
West Derby,
Liverpool,
L12 9HN,
Merseyside

MLD, VIS

St. John Vianney School

Rye Bank Road,
Firswood,
Stretford,
M16 0EX,
Greater Manchester

MLD

The David Lewis School

Mill Lane,
Warford,
Alderley Edge,
SK9 7UD,
Cheshire

AUT, CP, EPI, Hlmp, PhysD, PMLD, SCD, SLD, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS

Trax Academy

Bridge House, 1 Stuart Road,
Bredbury,
Stockport,
SK6 2SR,
Lancashire

ADHD, EBD

Underley Garden

Kirkby Lonsdale,
Carnforth,
LA6 2DZ,
Cumbria

ASD, ASP, AUT, LD

Wargrave House School and College

449 Wargrave Road,
Newton-le-Willows,
WA12 8RS,
Merseyside

ASP, AUT

Waterloo Lodge School

173 Preston Road,
Chorley,
PR6 7AX,
Lancashire

SEMH

West Kirby School and College

Meols Drive,
West Kirby,
Wirral,
CH48 5DH,
Merseyside

ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, BESD, SCD, SEMH, SPLI

Westmorland School

Weldbank Lane,
Chorley,
PR7 3NQ,
Lancashire

ADHD, ASD, ASP, AUT, MLD, SEMH

Wings School, Cumbria

Whassett,
Milnthorpe,
LA7 7DN,
Cumbria

ADHD, ASD, SEMH