Whinfell School

Cambian Whinfell School's curriculum is designed to enable our young people to build self-esteem and acheive their full potential.


The School is structured and active, including many opportunities for  therapeutic input and physical activity. All of our classes are small: with no more than three students and a 1:1 staff ratio where appropriate. Students have individualised timetables which are informed by their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and an understanding of their own individual learning style. Where necessary staff are skilled in using a wide range of visual supports and prompts.


Autism specific awareness is central to the delivery of teaching and learning and all students have Individual Learning Plans (ILP) which are regularly reviewed.


Our students all access the National Curriculum and most sit at least eight GCSEs, with some achieving the highest grades.


We also offer a wide range of accredited courses through ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network). Post-16 students may remain with the School to continue their studies and we can currently offer A-Levels in English, Mathematics, Creative Writing, Geography, Chemistry and Art.


Some of our young people as they hit the age of 16, want to continue to be academically challenged so that they are able to achieve their full potential, so a college link is really important to them.  We have excellent links with a local further education college where students are supported to not only access a wider range of opportunities but also become used to working alongside peers in a busier, more mainstream environment. This can be an important independence milestone and bolsters self-esteem.


Students can attend on a part or full-time basis depending on their choice of subjects or alternatively on an evening course.




Our young people have access to:

✓ English Language

✓ English Literature

✓ Creative Writing

✓ Maths

✓ Science

✓ Food and Nutrition

✓ Geography

✓ Humanities

✓ Computing

✓ Art

✓ PE

✓ Foreign Language

✓ Therapeutic Outdoor Learning


✓ Work Experience

✓ Quiet Therapy Space