Great Arley School, Thornton-Cleveleys

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25th January 20

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 needs, including moderate and severe learning difficulties, 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


Here is the link to our most recent OFSTED inspection that took place on 9 October 2018:

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What do our parents and carers say?


'We are lucky as parents to have a school like this'

'A happy child will learn'

'Pupils are happy and thrive here'

"Thank you to everyone who has played a huge part in [his] development since September. We honestly can't believe his amazing progress."

"WOW! I was blown away with the whole school"

"Thank you all for making my boy so happy"

"You guys at Great Arley really are something special"

"Great Arley has transformed [her] life"

"This school is FANTASTIC, I can not fault it and my son's teacher is a credit to the school, I have no worries sending my son off to school every day."

"The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful, the pupils are very friendly as well. My son loves this school. We were very to get a place."

"A lovely school full of happy children and fabulous staff."

"Can't fault the school. Enthusiastic staff and happy children."

"Words can't explain how much Great Arley have helped my son and me. [...] All the staff are brilliant"

"My son has impso much at this school. His self-confidence has grown. He has progressed in all areas not just education but social skills too. Most of all though he goes to school with a smile and when he comes home he is keen to tell me about his day."

"[She] has settled in amazingly, she's so happy and much less frustrated. Great communication re any issues, staff are all very caring and kind. You should all be very proud of your school its staff and children"

"Great Arley has made a massive change to [his] life, he has improved greatly."

"Since my son has attended this school he has been able to communicate with other people, without this, he would still be locked in his shell"

"Love this school"

"Teachers are very warm and welcoming, pupils are well presented and well mannered"

"Fantastic school. Cannot fault it or the hardworking staff that make it such a great school."

"I couldn't ask for a better school for [my daughter]."

"Great Arley has been a real life-changer for my son. We have seen amazing progress in him. 2 years ago we didn't know if he'd ever be able to write and now he is 6 and can recognise shapes like a triangular prism! Wow!"

"[My daughter] joined Great Arley School and it is the best decision I have made. [Her] reading and verbal skills have dramatically improved. She has made friends and loves the school."

Please give your views by following the Parent View link below:


March of the Animals
Much fun was has on our recent 'March of the Animals' sponsored walk. Over £400 was raised for school resources. Thank you.
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Design and Technology Guests
We welcomed Georgina into Design Technology. She shared her fabulous design work with pupils in order to inspire them for their own enterprise projects.
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Laser Cutter Frames
Pupils have been making acrylic photo frames in class this term. Aren't they brilliant?
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Want To Teach?


Every day you’ll get the chance to inspire young people and use your skills to give something back – making sure every pupil gets the same access to a quality education and the opportunity to succeed.

For more information on teaching then please follow the following link:


Great Arley School - Dare to Dream, Aim to Achieve