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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"

About Residential



Welcome to the Residential Provision at Barndale.

We hope you enjoy your time with us.

We aim to provide you with a safe, caring, nurturing and creative place to stay, where your views are listened to and you are valued.

Head(s) of Care


                                              I am Katrina Green                                         and                                        I am Shirley Fraser.


We are the Heads of care here at Barndale House School – Residential Provision. We are around every day and always available to talk to if you need anything or have a problem you wish to discuss.

It’s our job to ensure you are well looked after and have everything you need when staying overnight at Barndale residential Provision.

We work very closely with all staff to ensure that the time you spend at Barndale is as happy as possible and we do everything possible to keep you safe.

We are confident that you will enjoy your experience staying residentially and look forward to meeting you.


Residential Key Workers


We are your residential care staff team,

            Sharon Thompson                                    Alan Simpson                                          Kim Gritt                                          Karen Hamflett

         Residenital Key Worker                         Residenital Key Worker                        Waking Night Attendant                      Waking Night Attendant

The residential care staff will take care of you whilst you are staying here.

You will be allocated a residential key Worker prior to you accessing the Residential Provision.

Your Key Worker will be a good role model and help you with any problems you may have throughout your stay.

They will help you settle into the residential provision and plan activities for you to participate in before and after tea.

They will help you learn valuable life skills for when you leave school.

They look forward to meeting you.

Our Values and Aims

Barndale Residential Provision is committed to providing a safe, caring, nurturing and stimulating environment that enables young people to reach their potential, building on strengths and celebrating individual achievements

  • enable young people to interact and communicate with a wide range of people
  • enable young people to express preferences, communicate needs, make choices, make decisions and choose options that other people act on and respect
  • promote self-advocacy or the use of a range of systems for supported advocacy
  • prepare young people for an adult life in which they have the greatest possible degree of autonomy and support them in having relationships with mutual respect and dependence on each other
  • increase young people's’ awareness and understanding of their environment and of the world
  • encourage young people to explore, to question and to challenge
  • Provide a wide range of learning experiences for young people in each key stage suitable for their age. 


Philosophy of Care Practice

The emphasis of Barndale House Residential Provision is to provide a safe, secure, caring and creative environment, encompassing a range of appropriate experiences and activities, enabling the individual Child/young person to develop emotionally and socially in an acceptable and desirable way.  Through interaction with peers and staff and with the support of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and short term objectives the child/young person will gradually progress towards a degree of independence and increasing maturity.

This ensures the development of the young people with a holistic approach which is person centred and where the needs of the individual are paramount. We actively encourage young people, their parents and carers to be part of any planning and decision making processes, and all aspects of their care and education. It is our belief that every young person has a right to be treated as an individual with his or her needs and personal interests being met within our Residential Provision.

Barndale House Residential Care Staff are encouraged to develop their knowledge, understanding and gain the required skills to enable them to effectively implement each individual’s care plan. This is achieved by working within a multidisciplinary environment and utilising the expertise of staff, specialist facilities and resources within the organisation.

Barndale House Residential Provision, daily routines will be well structured and systematically planned and will include personal care routines, participation in general household duties i.e. hoovering, laundry, washing dishes, opportunities to develop life skills both within the provision and in the community, as well as participating in leisure activities and hobbies. These would be planned whilst taking into account each young person’s individual needs. It is important for all our children and young people to live within a positive and supportive environment, where all can live and learn together. The importance of routine and consistent practice cannot be overemphasized. We provide a caring communal environment that promotes reciprocal relationships, life skills and inclusive opportunities.




' My child's progress has been excellent. It's more than just a school; she has made so much progress with friendships. It's an excellent opportunity for social interaction'


OFSTED Report 2019



You can access and read our full report on the following link:  Ofsted report 2019.PDF

Ofsted commented;

"This residential special school is good because:

  • The children and young people enjoy their residential experience because they make friends and have fun.
  • The children and young people’s complex health needs are well managed.
  • The children and young people enjoy exceptional relationships with staff.
  • The children and young people learn a range of life skills, which helps to build their independence.
  •  Safeguarding arrangements are effective.
  • The children and young people respond well to the structure and routine.
  • The children and young people’s behaviour is well managed with consistent boundaries.
  • Oversight and monitoring of the quality of care, by the independent visitor and the board of governors, are good.
  • The heads of care ensure that the children and young people’s choice is at the heart of care practice.
  • The staff receive regular supervision which helps them to feel supported."



Closure Dates 2018-2019

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

Monday 3 September 2018

Friday 26 October 2018

Monday 7 January 2019

Thursday 14 February 2019

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Monday 3 June  2019