Great Arley School, Thornton-Cleveleys

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22nd February 17

Welcome to Great Arley School Website


Thank you for visiting our website. 

You may be considering a place at a special school for your son or daughter and I hope to be able to provide you with some information which will assist you with this very important decision. 

Great Arley School is a local authority maintained special school for children aged 4 to 16 years.  Having a wide range of ages in school enables us to foster a family atmosphere in which the children and young people are extremely happy, they feel valued and supported by each other and all the adults in school.  

The school teaches children with a wide range of learning difficulties, including moderate and severe needs, autism, speech, language and communication difficulties and social and emotional difficulties.  The teaching and support staff are very experienced in meeting the needs of all pupils, by delivering a highly differentiated curriculum through personalised learning and by celebrating progress and achievements.   

All visitors to Great Arley School receive a very warm welcome and once you have browsed our website, I hope you will come to meet our delightful children and young people.  They will enjoy showing you their work and I would be extremely happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Please contact the school office in order to make arrangements to visit the school. If you would like further information about our school, the curriculum or would like to discuss any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr P Higham


Latest News


Poolfoot Farm Football training

On Thursday 19th January a number of our KS3 footballers visited Poolfoot Farm Sports Complex in Thornton for extra training with Mr Butler and Mrs Kearney. Pupils practiced their skills on the training pitches used by Fleetwood Town Football Club.

Year 11 ASDAN

As part of the English lesson, the Year 11 ASDAN group took part in making a Zombie film, encouraging staff to join in for small cameo roles. The finished film was shown in assembly.

Boccia Tournament

Great Arley took two teams to the Lord Taverners Under 19's North West Boccia Tournament on Friday 13th January. We were really pleased that both teams came second, just missing out on a place to the Regional Finals in February.

Visit from Santa Claus

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December, saw a visit from Santa Claus.

'Stars in Our School'

A celebration of the excellent work of our Teaching Assistants

Anti-Bullying Week

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, classes took part in circle time. We identified examples of different forms of bullying and discussed how we would deal with personal experiences of bullying and those of others if we witnessed them. Read more under 'Latest News'

Young Wyre in Bloom 2016

Jan-Paul Jooste and John Bell felt very proud when they visited Poulton Civic Centre On Tuesday 4th October to receive our Young Wyre in Bloom Gold Award. We are thrilled to have surpassed the Silver Gilt Award we were given in 2015.

Football Match - Great Arley Vs Park Community Academy

A highly successful afternoon of football with everyone cheering the teams on for the first matches of the season.

Cleveleys Park Masonic Lodge Donation

Cleveleys Park Masonic Lodge raised a magnificent sum of £1150 at a recent 'Ladies' charity evening.

This money was donated to school to enable us to buy bespoke equipment for the outdoor learning area.

We are grateful for their continued support.

Blackpool and Fylde College Presentation Evening

Huge congratulations to our Year 11 students whose achievements were recognised at Blackpool and The Fylde College's Presentation Evening
on Thursday 12th May 2016.
Our students have done us proud again!

Blackpool and Fylde College Presentation Evening

Year 11 students achievements were recognised at Blackpool and The Fylde College's Presentation Evening on Thursday 12th May 2016.
Well done.

                    What do our Parent/Carer's say?


"The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful, the pupils are very friendly as well. My son loves this school"

"My child has come on leaps and bounds since Great Arley! I'm so proud of him! Thank you!"

"My child comes home happy, has lots to say and is learning."

"... staff are all very caring and kind. You all should be very proud of your school, its staff and children"

Surveys completed Autumn Term 2016

2016-2017 School Calendar



Spring Term 1st January to 31st March
Spring Half Term Break 13th February to 19th February



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