Finn at the K'z dance session

The Children's Trust School

Our school is a non-maintained special school supporting children and young people aged 2-19 with a wide range of needs including complex education, health, therapy and care requirements.

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Welcome to our School

A very warm welcome on behalf of all the children and young people, staff and governors of The Children’s Trust School.

Our website will give you the chance to get a glimpse of life at the school, help you gain an understanding of how the school is organised, the curriculum and the extensive range of services we offer, not only for the child and family but also our outreach commitments.

I am extremely proud to be part of this unique leading school.

Dedicated and skilled staff maintain a focus on learning, with the multi-disciplinary integrated approach being a huge strength of our school. Together we create an effective whole system to deliver high-quality support and experience for children with special educational needs, placing their quality of life at the heart of what we do.

Our mission

To support children and young people to live the best life possible, with excellent education, health therapy and care (EHTC).

Our vision

The Children's Trust School will be a growth-orientated national centre of excellence for children and their families - with all environments promoting innovative, researched best practice through visionary integrated EHTC.

Please take some time to explore the website, and please follow us on our official social media platforms to keep abreast of our school news.

Launa Randles



What people say

Our School was rated outstanding across all areas that were assessed in our most recent Ofsted Education inspection in September 2023.

Ofsted inspectors praised the dedication, skill and passion of our staff who are driven to ensure all children and young people with neurodisability and complex needs experience life in all its richness.

Pupils flourish at this school. Their individuality is recognised and nurtured. One parent told us "that this school opens up a whole new world for its pupils."

- Ofsted, September 2023 

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A crowd sourced of words used to describe The Children's Trust School

How would you describe our School?

This is a crowd sourced collection of words people have used to describe The Children's Trust School. 

It is moving and exciting to read your account of your commitment to the use of the Arts to give agency to your children and young people and to release and foster their creativity. You have applied your principle of doing the Arts WITH and not TO or AT your pupils rigorously and you give wonderful examples of how you enable pupils with profound disabilities to take ownership of their creativity, ensuring agency and control. 

- Artsmark Assessors, Platinum Award, January 2023

The Children's Trust School provides an outstanding environment for its children and young people. The highly effective care and experience of the staff is immediately apparent when you visit the school, and all children are encouraged to explore a broad range of activities. The use of communication technology and music helps the children to make significant progress, under the watchful eyes of a truly dedicated team, who provide unique customised learning programmes.
The overall atmosphere within the school reinforces the enjoyment of learning and individual development, whilst providing the essential support needed.

- Mike Donald, Local Authority Governor, March 2023

School building with rainbow in sky

The Children’s Trust School achieves outstanding Ofsted rating

We are thrilled to announce that The Children’s Trust School is officially an Outstanding Provider following our most recent inspection from Ofsted Education.

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School Art Festival

School placement availability

Residential accommodation at The Children’s Trust provides a homely, caring and safe environment. Purpose-built and co-located on the same site as our School, accommodation is comfortably furnished with all the necessary adaptive equipment needed.

Maruzaan Hanlon with Indy


We receive a significant number of referrals from a variety of different health professionals, private funding bodies and families. Our dedicated Placements Team is on hand to ensure that your referral and subsequent placement is managed efficiently and are available Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm.

Kenny using assistive technology


At The Children's Trust School, we take great pride in providing personalised and sequential educational offerings to our children and young people. With clear intent, thoughtful implementation, and measurable impact, we ensure a meaningful curriculum that allows each child to make progress and reach their intended outcomes.

Stay up-to-date with our latest news

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Melanie Burrough, Director of Therapies and Education

Contact us

If you would like to visit and enjoy a tour of our school, associated residential accommodation and on-site facilities, please do get in touch. Members of our team will be delighted to show you around. We look forward to meeting you.

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