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Cambian Whinfell School

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110 Windermere Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5EZ (Map)

Phone: 01539 723322


➜ Whinfell School Prospectus (Download)


Cambian Whinfell School is a 52-week residential school, with two additional day places, that offer OUTSTANDING education and care for boys and young men aged 11-19. Students often arrive after difficult education and domestic experiences and are potentially lacking of confidence. Whinfell School aims to educate students academically, socially and emotionally, putting them in good stead moving forwards.


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 deficits in personal development. Typically they are very disengaged, isolated and have little self-belief.  By prioritising these deficits we create the conditions for young people to re-engage in education and achieve their full potential.   


We believe that is 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 move on to further education or independence.

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Since starting at Whinfell I’ve changed, improved and learnt so much. When I started I was shy, didn’t like talking and never spoke up. Whinfell knew the things I struggled with and worked on it. I spoke to an inhouse psychologist about my previous experiences, things I was comfortable sharing and my thoughts in general. They were very approachable and friendly, so it didn’t feel like previous occasions when it felt like I was in an interview and the person didn’t really care about what I was saying.


- Student (Read Jack's story in his own words here.)

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In addition to Whinfell School we also have Shap Road. Shap road is a CQC Registered 4 bedroom house for young adults. They are closely supported to live as independent a life as possible in the local community. We aspire for all of our young men to be able to live independent or semi-independent lives in the community once they leave us. Academic qualifications are important so that our leavers can successfully enter employment or higher education when they do eventually leave us, but equally crucial is the development of independence, self-esteem, social and communication skills.


View our vision and ethos statement here.


Whinfell School has been rated 'OUTSTANDING' by Ofsted in all areas for the fourth time in a row (since 2012). See the latest report here.

The Proprietor


The proprietor of the school is:

Farouq Sheikh, Chair of the CareTech Board

Cambian Childcare Ltd

Metropolitan House,

3 Darkes Lane,

Potters Bar


Phone: 01707 601800


Student Profile

•  Male, ages 11-19


May have one or more of the following:

•  Primary diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and associated conditions including ADHD and PDA

•  Mild to moderate learning difficulties

•  Complex needs and associated challenging behaviours

•  Often multiple exclusions and placement breakdowns

•  A history of school refusal, periods of time out of school and may have experienced previous admission to a CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) inpatient unit

•  Difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia

•  Has an Education, Health and Care Plan

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"We were made to feel so welcome and it was so obvious that everyone whom we met was very happy.

Our boy was also amazed, after seeing and hearing what he might do in this school.  He too obviously felt a lovely atmosphere.  His dislike of all schools, determination not to be residential or so far from home soon dissipated and he was saying "this is my school! I want to come here to this school!”

- Parent (Read the full testimonial here)

Our dedicated team include:

✓ Specialist teachers

✓ Teaching assistants

✓ Residential staff

✓ Key workers

✓ Speech and language therapists

✓ Clinical psychologist

✓ Consultant psychiatrist

✓ Assistant psychologist

✓ Occupational therapist

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