Northern Counties School

Northern Counties School is part of the Percy Hedley Foundation. The school recently received an outstanding report from Ofsted. The Percy Hedley Foundation provides comprehensive services for children and adults with complex needs.  Its reputation for the provision of high quality services has created a very special organisation in the North East of England.

We specialise in providing all age day and residential special education for children who have a hearing impairment or visual impairment, those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder all of whom require education, therapy and care within a specialist communication environment.

The school is located in pleasant grounds within easy walking distance of Newcastle upon Tyne City Centre.  It was founded in 1838 in Wellington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, later occupied premises in Charlotte Square and in the 1860s moved to its present site on Tankerville Terrace.   The school is a non-maintained special school with a board of governors. The school governing body is made up of Governors from the Board of the Percy Hedley Foundation together with representatives from local authorities, staff (both teaching and non teaching) and parents. It is approved by the DfE to provide special education for day and residential children with impaired sensory and learning difficulties and/or other complex disabilities.  It is subject to inspection under The School Inspection Act 1996, through the OFSTED framework for the Inspection of Schools and under the Care Standards Act 2000 for Residential Special Schools.     

The school received an excellent inspection report in May 2010 where it was described as "a good school which successfully puts pupils' learning and wellbeing at the heart of its work." .A subsequent residential OFSTED inspection in February 2011 graded every area of the residential service as "outstanding" - the highest grade that can be awarded.

Children thought suitable for admission are referred through their Local Authority which accepts responsibility for fees.  Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to visit at any time when we will be happy to answer questions and give advice if this is requested.   

All children considered for admission or assessment placements will have statements of special educational needs and/or be in the process of having statement content determined.