Meet the Team
Cambian Whinfell School is a 52 week education service that offers 'Outstanding' residential education and care for boys and young men aged 11-19 with autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs.
Our young people have often experienced significant disruption to their schooling in the past and may come to us from multiple placement breakdowns. They may also present a risk to themselves or others due to high levels of challenging behaviour or insufficient personal development. Typically they present with high levels of anxiety, low self-esteem and have negative associations around education. Our job is to over-turn these things.
We believe it is not enough to just provide a safe and happy school experience. In a supportive way we want to challenge all of our young people to grow as individuals and acquire the skills, confidence, knowledge and qualifications to be as successful and resilient as they possibly can be when they eventually leave the Whinfell family.
"In short we will support all of our young people to be the best they possibly can be."
About Cambian Whinfell
Cambian Whinfell joined the Cambian Group in 2013, as part of our specialist education and care services. We deliver educational and therapeutic care within a structured, homely setting where our students benefit from a calm and caring environment that enables them to achieve their personal best.
We strive to establish and maintain excellent levels of rapport between staff and young people in order to support their personal growth. That includes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and with our close proximity to Kendal town centre we are able to access many of the facilities and opportunities Kendal has to offer.
Kendal is the gateway to the Lake District and we benefit from all the opportunities this gives us. We have a Therapeutic Outdoor Learning programme and boys regularly engage in everything from climbing, caving, mountain biking and canoeing to survival skills and wood-craft.
Educational programme at Cambian Whinfell
Whinfell School offers access to the National Curriculum using modified programmes of study where appropriate. In addition, we provide vocational training and opportunities for Further Education.
We deliver GCSE and A Level courses on-site and our excellent links with Kendal FE College mean that we can access a wide range of supported study at post-16. All students engage in a varied work experience programme.
Drawing upon our years of experience in providing specialist education and 24-hour residential provision, we focus on the development of personal, social, communication and living skills. A multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and high staffing ratios ensure intensive, individualised support.
Extra-curricular activities at our school
Additional activities in and out of school hours complement the curriculum and focus on the developmental needs of each young person. All young people have Individual Learning Plans which are informed by the MDT and are regularly reviewed. The MDT formulate individual strategies, support learning and offer therapeutic support including:
• Speech Language Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Solution focussed therapy sessions through our educational psychology team
Where appropriate we can also access:
• Clinical psychiatry and psychology, music and art therapies
We encourage the students to participate in team sports and we often take part in football and fell-running fixtures. We have summer camp and expeditions and young people take part in the John Muir Award Scheme.
Older young people have bespoke independence programmes and our Kendal Green site is a semi-independent residential setting for four young men. Here they develop the skills and resilience to be as independent as possible when they eventually set out on the next part of their journeys.
“Students with complex emotional and social barriers to learning are enabled to make outstanding progress with their education and personal development,” Ofsted report 2015.
Related service: Kendal Green