Great Arley School, Thornton-Cleveleys

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19th October 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


Thornton Cafe Experience

Some Key Stage 4 pupils had the experience of a local café. They ordered and paid for their own food. What a treat!

English Superhero

Ms Oates and class KS3.4 have been working hard as English Superhero's searching the school for treasure.

Beacon Fell

Friday 14th July - The whole school visited Beacon Fell. Staff and pupils climbed up 'hills', wading through the forests, built dens and ate picnics in the trees.

Sports Day

On Thursday 13th July, we were fortunate to have a dry Sports Day. Throughout the day pupils took part in various sporting activities. Even the parents joined in the fun with Tug-of-war!

Key Stage 3 Borwick Hall Residential

15 pupils and 4 members of staff enjoyed two nights away at Borwick Hall Outdoor Adventure Residential. They took part in canoeing, rock climbing, many other activities.

Panathlon Swimming Gala - 6th June 2017

The North of England, Panathlon Swimming Gala was held at Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre in Sheffield. Mr Spence & Mrs Kearney took 6 pupils, travelling from 7.30am, to take part in various races, winning overall Silver Medal. Well Done team Great Arley!

Rotary Space Centre Trip

Some Primary children visited the sensory Space Centre in Preston, and McDonalds for lunch. This was possible due to the support from the 'Rotary Club of Poulton-le-Fylde'.

ECO Project

'The Beach' theme is coming along nicely in the school garden but any donations of plants would be greatly appreciated.

Tag Rugby

On 17th May, the Great Arley Tag Rugby team were just pipped to the post for 3rd place out of over 15 teams. Well played!

Swimathon Presentation Evening

Pupils and staff took part in a sponsored swimathon raising money for Great Arley School and Stroke Association. Here is Nichola at the Presentation Evening.

New Age Kurling Competition

The Under 14's and Under 16's took part in the competition. The Under 16's won Bronze medal and fun was had by all.

                    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

2017-2018 School Calendar



Autumn Term 6th September 2017 to 20th July 2018
Half Term break

30th October to 3rd November



Great Arley School - Dare to Dream, Aim to Achieve