Whinfell School

We love to speak about stories of success and the brilliant work our team do. Success can be measured in many different ways and our goal is to support the students in our care and bring out the best in them.


Meet Jack

During Autism Acceptance Week 2022, student Jack was interviewed by the Principal, Paddy Sandham, where we dicussed his experiences of autism and his progression since joining Whinfell School.


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Starting at Whinfell School our grandson/son has quickly settled, is very happy and he is responding well to the care and education he now receives. Initial homesickness soon passed and the distance from home became insignificant.  The boys are so busy and enjoying life that we think he probably does not miss us as much as we miss him!  Fitting visits into their busy schedules is a happy task.


The staff are always happy to help, advise and reassure us and of course the all the boys have their computers, phones and even letters to keep in touch with us all.


- Parent (Read the full testimonial here).

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Confidence in general and in social environments is another thing I struggled with when I joined Whinfell. I always doubted myself, felt awful if I didn’t achieve a goal and never spoke up if I had a thought, suggestion, query or worry. I’d get overwhelmed when surrounded by people and would want to stay quiet and remain as irrelevant as possible. But that’s all changed. I’m not gonna lie and say I know exactly how school have helped me improve on this, but I think it’s down to pushing through comfort zones and doing new things.


I’m now more confident and enjoy participating in discussions and social events. In regards to talking and engaging with other people, most would say I’ve gone from one extreme to the other and talk too much. I’m really grateful for this and I know it will be vital moving forwards and living an independent life.


The school recognised all the things I struggled with and have, over a long period of time, slowly but surely developed me to a point where I feel confident and in a good place in my final year and looking forwards to the future.


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

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Whinfell School Outcomes & Achievements

View the academic and social results from the last year:


➜  School Outcomes 2022

➜  School Outcomes 2021

➜  School Outcomes 2020

➜  School Outcomes 2019


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"A focus on well-being is fundamental to the school’s work. Staff have great success in developing pupils’ character. They successfully raise pupils’ aspirations. Staff also develop the way pupils think about others. In this way, pupils respect and celebrate the differences in others."

- Ofsted, 2021 (See full report here

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