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Barndale House School

Howling Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1DQ

01665 602541


"Absolutely first-class" " Barndale is in a league of its own"  "An outstanding establishment"  "This is a brilliant school"

Some of our Young People from Residential and their keyworkers

Closure Dates 2018-2019

Please be advised that Residential will be closed on the following dates for staff training:

Monday 3 September

Friday 26 October

Monday 7 January

Thursday 14 February

Tuesday 23 April

Monday 3 June        

About Us


Our Residential provision runs from Monday to Thursday each week during termtime.

Residents have the opportunity to look after themselves, follow a healthy diet and have plenty of exercise. There is also the opportunity to enjoy different social experiences and develop independence skills.

Barndale House School's Residential provision creates a comfortable and stimulating environment allowing all residents to achieve their full potential.


Residential Provision Statement of Purpose: statement of purpose 2018.docx


If you would like to request an overnight stay, please use this form: Request for Consideration of an Extended Tea or Overnight Stay.docx


OFSTED Report 2018


Ofsted commented;

  • The children and young people enjoy their residential stays and the staff are
    nurturing and caring. The children and young people have good relationships with
    the staff and with each other. Feedback from parents is very positive.
  • The children and young people are making progress and their overall outcomes
    are good. The staff consult with the children and young people about their day-today
    arrangements, and they are encouraged to make choices about how they
    would like to spend their residential activity time.
  • The children and young people are achieving academically and their healthcare
    needs are met. They receive additional support from a range of therapeutic and
    healthcare professionals. The children and young people are safe, and behaviour
    management is good.
  • The two head of care managers have made good progress in meeting elements of
    the previous requirements and recommendations. Having had their individual roles
    established, the residential unit is running more efficiently. Feedback from the
    staff about leadership in the residential provision is extremely positive.
  • Improved joint working between the school and the residential staff is having a
    very positive impact on improving consistency for the children and young people.






We recently asked our Parents and Carers for their views on our Residential Provision. Here is a summary of the results:


100% said their child is happy, feels safe, makes good progress, is well looked after and is taught well at Barndale.


100% said the school deals effectively with bullying, is well led and managed and responds well to any concerns.


100% said they would recommend our school.


100% said their child enjoys boarding.


100% said their child was warm and comfortable.


100% said they can easily contact staff.


100% said the boarding is well organised and managed effectively.




Our Parents and Carers added these comments:


"Always Happy"
"Completely Safe"
"Very Good Progress"
"Exceptionally well looked after"
"Absolutely first class"
"Without doubt would recommend this school"
"Can contact the staff 24/7"
"Barndale is in a league of its own"
"[An] outstanding establishment"
"This is a brilliant school"
"I would happily recommend this school to anyone with a child with Special Needs"
"Staff and pupils always polite and helpful"
"I feel happy to approach staff with any queries or questions"
"An overall excellent school. I would - and have - recommend this school"
"My child has come on leaps and bounds since he started Barndale School. I've nothing but admiration for all concerned with the dedication of his teaching and his well-being. I love attending my visits to Barndale School. Everyone is so friendly it just feels like one big happy family. What is more important, my child loves going to school. He is so happy and content. I have no problems getting my child off to school, he can't wait to get there. My child attends boarding for respite, again everyone is doing an excellent job. They provide lots of activities for the children, a huge amount of support aiding their independence and their safety rules are second to none. School nurses and office staff do a brilliant job too and not to mention the Headmaster for doing a fantastic job running his school".
"Residential provision has provided my daughter with a fantastic opportunity to practice not only her social skills but her independent living skills alongside her peers within a happy, safe environment with wonderful staff."



We recently asked our young people what they thought of the Residential Provision:


100% said they like boarding, food is good, their things are safe, staff look after them and are good, they can talk to staff if they are worried and that there are lots of activities.


"I like staying with my friends at Barndale School and doing cool things".