Northern Counties School

Northern Counties School is part of the Percy Hedley Foundation. Following the latest OFSTED inspection the school received the highest quality rating of Ourstanding in all areas .  To read a copy of the report click here.

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.  We are a non-maintained special school with a Board of Governors. The school Governing Body is made up of Governors from the Board of Trustees of the Percy Hedley Foundation together with representatives from local authorities, staff (both teaching and non teaching) and parents.

We are approved by the Department for Education to provide special education for day and residential children with impaired sensory and learning difficulties and other complex disabilities.  The quality of our services are very important to us and we welcome the independant scrutiny of what we offer and deliver.  this is carried out 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 March 2013 where it was noted that Learning and achievement were outstanding.  A residential OFSTED inspection in February 2011 graded every area of the residential service as "outstanding" - the highest grade that can be awarded.

Children who would benefit from our services are referred through their Local Authority which accepts responsibility for fees.   We encourage parents of prospective pupils 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.  We work hard to support families through this process.