Prospective Parents/Carers/Families

We know that the decision to move your child to a specialist provision can be really difficult. We hope that our website gives you enough information so that you want to visit us and see what we do. 

 Barndale is still fortunate to be a relatively small specialist school which means we benefit from the following:

  • Small class sizes - max 12 pupils
  • A family feel - pupils love their school and are proud of their learning and achievements
  • We are an all age school so your child is supported from their starting point to adulthood
  • Diversity and inclusivity in all classes
  • An intervention team consisting of SaLT, OT, VI, AI, Physio
  • Experienced and enthusiastic staff
  • A residential provision that pupils age 7 and upwards can access 
  • Two sites within Alnwick town centre

Historically, Barndale catered for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. This has changed significantly over the last few years and a large cohort of our pupils are on the autistic spectrum (ASD), ADHD, communication & visual impairments, cognition needs, and social & emotional difficulties. Our staff training has adapted with the needs of our pupils. 

 It may be that you are at the point of starting the EHCP process or are considering a change of placement. Please visit the 'About us' section to find out more about the school and what our curriculum looks like. 

 Please get in contact if we can help in anyway - telephone us on 01665 602541 or email admin@barndalehouse.northumberland.sch.uk.

Barndale House School Admissions Policy

Children and young people are referred for Special Education following assessments made by a number of professionals, as well as contributions from parents, which leads to a written legal statement of the child/young person’s Special Educational Needs.

Written referrals containing information about a child/young person’s needs would be sent to the Head Teacher by the Local Educational Authority in order for the school to consider carefully whether the child/young person’s Education Health & Social Care Plan (EHCP) can be met at Barndale School.

Families moving into the Alnwick area from another part of the country who have a child/young person with an EHCP may contact the school directly or through the Local Educational Authority at Northumberland County Hall, Morpeth.

Those children and young people who attend Barndale House School may be offered the opportunity to access the residential provision of extended days or overnight stays.

The benefits that the residential provision can offer an individual child/young person may frequently be identified at the child’s educational annual review.

The range of residential opportunities offered to the child/young person will take into account their individual needs and their ability to access the provision.
School Transport
For those pupils travelling on NCC School Transport, this brochure is designed to answer all your questions regarding travel to and from school. 
We have procedures in place for the safe transfer of medications to and from the taxi every day.