Great Arley School, Thornton-Cleveleys

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25th May 20

We would like to thank all our pupils, parents and carers, friends and families for your ongoing support in this difficult period. Stay safe, look after each other and we wish you all the best for the days ahead. Let's hope we can return to business as usual for us all as soon as possible.

Advice, Guidance and Support


How to contact us

If you would like to speak to someone, the school office is currently open between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. 

You can also contact school by email on or We will do our best to respond to your messages as soon as we can.

We will continue to keep parents and carers updated through the website and Groupcall email service.

We are grateful for your continued patience, understanding and support in these challenging times.


Talking to your child about coronavirus

If your child is worried about the coronavirus please visit this page of the website


Promoting Learning and Positive Behaviour at Home

NCSE have created a Behaviour Support Pack for Children and Young People with Additional Needs to help promote learning and positive behaviour in the home. 

The aim of this Behaviour Support Pack is to support your child, you as a parent, and your family during this difficult time. This booklet is divided into 3 sections, the first two sections contain practical advice and strategies to promote learning and positive behaviour. The third section provides information regarding behaviour in crisis.

Click here to download the NCSE Behaviour Support Pack



Home Learning

To access information and activities for home learning, please select the Home Learning section of the site.


If you need guidance or support, please see below.

Mental Health:

Urgent Advice from the Child and Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - 01253 957160 

CASHER (mental health support out of hours) - 07810696565



Do not go to your GP or hospital. Follow guidance on the NHS website

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service  .


Other Health Issues: 

If it's not an emergency go to; call a pharmacist for advice on medicines or common problems; use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services. 

In an emergency call 999; find your nearest A&E


Safeguarding and Child Protection:

If you are concerned about a child Call  0300 123 6720 or out of hours 0300 123 6722.

If you think a child is in immediate danger – don't delay call the police on 999.


If you'd like to read more about health concerns, visit the to read about conditions, symptoms and treatment information and to find out how your medicine works, how and when to take it, and possible side effects.

We all have a duty to protect children and young people from harm caused by neglect or abuse. This includes investigating any allegations that a child might be being neglected or abused, and if necessary take appropriate action to protect the child.

The NSPCC website has advice about the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect.

There are lots of useful links on the school website, here.

The Government have set up a national scheme to provide vouchers for free school meals. The Government guidance is available here:

Covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools #national-voucher-scheme

We have shared voucher codes with parent-carers by email. If you are elgible for free school meals, please check your emails, including your junk and clutter folders, to receive your free school meal voucher code. If you have any issues please contact us at school (details of opening times are below along with other ways of contactng us).

Stay safe, and keep looking after yourselves and each other.

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


What do OFSTED say?


"Positive relationships are the foundation of the school. Pupils are happy and thrive.
Their enthusiasm for learning and their love of school shines through. Parents and
carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school and are happy that they chose
Great Arley."

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?


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

"You guys at Great Arley really are something special"

"Great Arley has transformed [her] life"

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

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

"My son has improved so 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."

"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."

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

"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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Great Arley National Under 14 Swimming Champions
Great Arley School became the National Under 14 Panathlon Swimming Champions in November.
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Official Opening of the Primary Outdoor Learning Area
We were delighted to celebrate the opening of the POLA with the brilliant Steve Royle.
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National Champions Under 18 Panathlon Swimming
Overjoyed to win the National U18 Panathlon Swimming Championships in July at the London Aquatic Centre.
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Great Arley School International Schools visit to Kathmandu
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sudesha School in Kathmandu to develop educational practice at both schools.
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Great Arley School holds official opening of the outdoor gym
We were delighted to that Steve Royle was able to cut the ribbon to open our outdoor gym. Many guests who supported the fundraising were able to enjoy the celebrations.
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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