Mayfield Special School is a wonderful place to be where amazing things happen every day.

Individual difference is celebrated. High expectations of behaviour and respect are expected and achieved.

At Mayfield School, children and young people begin their lifelong learning journey supported by a team of highly skilled staff who are extremely committed to the school and who work tirelessly to develop their knowledge of the pupils needs and likes and who plan exciting and inspirational learning opportunities.

‘There is no glass ceiling for our pupils’ – Ofsted 2018

Mayfield School serves the wide geographical area of West Cumbria including Copeland & Allerdale.

It is one of only 6 special schools in the County and the only one in West Cumbria which meets the full range of SEN.

All pupils have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) reflecting either severe or profound learning needs and any additional areas of need.

The school is part of Cumbria Association of Secondary Heads, Cumbria Special School Headteacher’s consortium and Whitehaven Consortium of Primary Heads - the impact of which is that the school benefits from an outward facing perspective and is increasingly involved with working with a number of professionals and initiatives such as the parental engagement pilot and linking with the Anna Freud centre re mental health.

The Headteacher is a NLE, staff are specialists in SEN and are keen to have this recognised as SLEs. One of the school’s priority is to further support ITT in order to enhance the quality of SEN provision both in school and in other schools and as such is working with the One Cumbria, Teaching School hub.

The school is led by a Headteacher (who is also a National Leader of Education). She is supported by two Assistant Headteacher’s. Lakes Department (EYFS – KS2) is led by an Assistant Headteacher who is EYFS and Communication lead. Mountains Department is led by an Assistant Headteacher who also leads of physical development and pupil voice within school. An Inclusion Lead, to fulfil the role of SENCO, monitor and improve attendance, to liaise with all external agencies is also part of the SLT.


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