Great Arley School, Thornton-Cleveleys

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23rd October 16

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 and I look forward to meeting with you. 

Peter Higham


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.

Year 7

Pupils in Year 7 have been learning about the Romans. They designed and made their own shields and here they are creating a defensive line using their shields.

Fleetwood Town Football Club

Year 10 and Year 11 pupils were delighted to enjoy the grand opening by Sir Alex Ferguson of the new training facility for Fleetwood Town Football Club.

World Book Day

World Book Day took place on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

Multiskills Sports Festival

On Thursday 25th February 2016 pupils from our primary department visited Millfield High School to take part in a Multiskills Sports festival. There were eight schools taking part and after an enjoyable and exciting afternoon we were delighted to be awarded second place.
Well done everyone!

Cheque Presentation

Mr Andy Hill from Cleveleys Park Masonic Lodge visited school as a guest to see our Christmas show. He presented a cheque for £450 to our chair of governors, Mrs Marie Claire Stanhope. This was raised at a recent Christmas event held at the lodge

Library Service Visit

Lancashire County Council Library Service came into school on Tuesday 8th December to read to our Primary pupils

2016-2017 School Calendar



Autumn Term 5th September to 22nd December
Autumn Half Term Break 31st October to 4th November



Great Arley School - Dare to Dream, Aim to Achieve