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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 education service that offers OUTSTANDING residential education and care for boys and young men aged 11-19.  All our young people are on the autistic spectrum and often have a range of complex behaviours and additional diagnoses.


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.


Outdoor learning for young boys with Autism


Therapeutic outdoor learning (TOL) is one of the cornerstones of our curriculum at Cambian Whinfell School. It is a vital element in ‘grounding’ the boys so that they fully engage in the wider programme of education and personal development. TOL involves the use of the outdoors as a central part of our provision. The activities we use may be anything from adventurous ‘outdoor pursuits’ (canoeing, climbing, mountain-biking, caving etc,) through to working on our allotment, on local farms or in the National Park. All activities are very closely linked to each young person’s ILP targets as described in their EHCP.


Sessions are often specifically informed by the therapy team and may be designed to enhance areas such as communication skills, collaboration and expressive language or may focus on developing motor skills, core stability or coordination, for example.


For more information on Therapeutic Outdoor Learning click here.


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.


View our vision and ethos statement here.


We've been rated 'OUTSTANDING' by Ofsted for 14 consecutive inspections, see the latest report here.

Student Profile

May have one or more of the following:


•  Male, ages 11-19

•  Primary diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome

•  Mild to moderate learning difficulties

•  Complex needs

•  Challenging behaviour

•  Often multiple exclusions

•  History of placement breakdowns

•  Previous admission to a CAMHS inpatient unit

•  Difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia

•  Has an Education, Health and Care Plan

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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