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Lakeside School

Lakeside School is an independent, specialist day school in Liverpool which provides high quality education for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with special needs including those with speech, language and communication difficulties, attention deficit disorder as well as behavioural, social, emotional,and mental health issues.


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Contact Name
Mrs Vicky Size
Contact Position
Head Teacher

Where to go

Lakeside School
Naylors Road
L27 2YA

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When is it on
Open Monday to Friday from 9am til 4pm (term time only)
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Lakeside School is an independent, specialist day school in Liverpool which provides high quality education for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with special needs including those with speech, language and communication difficulties, attention deficit disorder as well as behavioural, social, emotional,and mental health issues.


Before your child starts at Lakeside we think it's really important that we get to know them and provide an opportunity for them to visit the school to find out what it's like and what they can expect.  We want both you and your child to be looking forward to the first day and we will do everything we can to make this possible.  We will spend time finding out what your child enjoys, what they are interested in and what you feel are their areas of strength and areas they need more help with.


We can arrange as many visits, taster days, home visits and meetings as you need.  We can even plan some home study or part-time study at first, so that your child can get used to their new school, new teachers and class mates.




What is the school’s approach to teaching and learning?


In the school’s most recent Ofsted inspection, the quality of teaching and the curriculum was rated ‘Outstanding’.




During your child’s first 6 to 8 weeks at Lakeside, a range of assessments will take place to gain information about their educational, emotional, social & behavioural, physical & sensory, and communication development.  This information is used to set individual targets for them, to ensure that they are in the most suitable class set for literacy and numeracy, and to indicate which, if any, interventions are necessary.   These targets and your child’s progress will be monitored and their progress will be reported back to you regularly.




Your child will join a small class (maximum size 8), with high levels of staff support (minimum 1 Class Teacher and 1 Teaching Assistant).  However, if it was felt that your child needed additional 1:1 support, this can be provided.




Your child will be given a handbook when they start to help them learn about the routine of the school including timings for the day, lesson information and reward systems.  The handbook will be adapted and personalised for your child.




We use a wide range of visual prompts, signs and pictures to support pupils’ learning and access to the curriculum, where appropriate.  On admission, all pupils are assessed by our Occupational Therapist and, if required, a range of materials are used to aid learning e.g. balance boards for feet, pencil grips, sloped desk surfaces and acetate overlays. 




Pupils are also assessed by our Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist.  Although all of our pupils arrive at Lakeside School with an individual Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, we are able to identify any additional needs through our assessment and observation of pupils.




A ‘My Support Plan’ will be developed for your child, which they contribute towards. This identifies the level of pastoral support they might require and in what circumstances.  Any pupil who exhibits social, emotional or behavioural difficulties is provided with support, where necessary, from the teaching and support staff and from our Pastoral Care Team, who are based outside of the classroom and are dedicated to ensuring that our pupils feel safe, settled, calm and ready to learn.




Noise reduction has been addressed wherever reasonably possible e.g. muffled bell, carpet throughout the school.  If your child needs information in larger font sizes, we can easily provide this, as well as suitable visual aids.  We even offer a range of different furniture in varying sizes so that we can accommodate the individual needs of each pupil.  We make use of the latest innovations in assistive teaching technology to support your child’s learning and to cater for their individual sensory and communications needs.




All staff at Lakeside School receive training to meet the needs of the pupils at any given time. The school is part of the Witherslack Group, who provide a comprehensive induction programme for all new staff, which includes specific training tailored to support their role. All teaching and support staff receive induction and refresher training in a range of areas including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, behaviour management and de-escalation techniques. Additional training is provided to staff as and when necessary, in areas including curriculum development, child development and special educational needs, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, visual impairment, ASD, ADHD and attachment disorder.




Some members of teaching staff hold a Master’s degree in Autism and a Master’s degree in Specific Learning Difficulties.  We are able to assess pupils for dyslexic tendencies and are a ‘Dyslexia Friendly School’, providing the necessary resources for pupils and staff who require support in this area.   We are currently working towards gaining Autism Accreditation with the National Autistic Society.   We are also a member of National Association of Special Schools, who provide up to date information relating to any legislative changes in SEN.




As a special school for pupils with complex communication and learning difficulties, and associated challenging behaviours, our staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge in working with children with a range of diagnoses including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.  Our Speech and Language Therapist delivers individual and/or group therapy to pupils who are assessed as needing such intervention, and our full time Speech and Language Therapy Assistant supports in the delivery of the Speech and Language sessions.  Our Occupational Therapist provides advice and support to teaching staff regarding any resources required to support pupils with their gross or fine motor skill development, and any sensory issues they may have.  Our Educational Psychologist carries out a range of assessments on admittance, as and when necessary, and provides support and advice to teaching staff regarding pupils’ needs.




We work alongside external agencies such as CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and where necessary, and with consent, we may refer pupils to them. We are able to access, through the Witherslack Group, bereavement counsellors and play therapists, should the need arise.




We will tailor the curriculum to match your child’s needs, with work being differentiated according to need.  Your child will receive very high levels of support, including individual teaching sessions at times.  Pupils are entered for Key Stage SATs, with requests made for additional support where necessary.




Lakeside School follows the National Curriculum, supported by detailed schemes of work and policies for every subject.  The curriculum will give your child opportunities to excel in literacy, numeracy, science, information and communication technology (ICT), food technology, art, music, physical education, history, geography, modern foreign languages, religious education and PSHCE. There is significant emphasis placed on helping pupils to close gaps in their previous learning.  Your child will also participate in the Children’s Choice curriculum, where they are given opportunities to develop their strengths and talents.




In support of different curriculum areas, we regularly arrange for class visits to a range of places including museums, theatres, places of worship and outdoor pursuit centres.  Our comprehensive risk assessments identify any additional support needs pupils may have and all school trips are highly staffed with a ratio of at least 1 adult to 2 pupils.




How accessible is the school?


Lakeside School is accessible by wheel chair on the ground floor of the main building and in our additional classroom building.  There are also disabled parking spaces and accessible changing/toilet facilities available.  We provide wheelchair accessible ramps and will always endeavour to make sure that we do our best in supporting pupils and parents with additional mobility needs in accessing the school.




If English is not the first language of your child we endeavour to provide a support assistant who speaks their language to support them in the classroom until your child can understand without support.




How does the school review and evaluate outcomes?


When your child starts at Lakeside you will be involved in initial discussions about your child’s education and these will continue on a regular basis, for example, through daily home-school diaries, Post Admission Review, Annual Reviews, Parents Evenings, and in the writing of Individual Education Plans. If, at any point, you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education, you can speak with one of the Senior Leadership Team, your child’s class teacher, or request a meeting to take place.




Your child will have targets set in each subject.  These will be realistic and achievable, but they will also challenge your child so that they can work towards reaching their full potential in each subject.  You will receive a report at the end of each term showing the progress made by your child and the targets set for the following term.




The Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Pastoral Care staff, Senior Leadership Team, and SEN Co-ordinator will all ensure that your child’s needs are reviewed regularly and are being met.  The targets in their Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be also regularly reviewed so that the level of support your child receives will be appropriate to their specific level of need. Our rigorous assessment system ensures that pupils’ progress is tracked and the necessary interventions are put in place to accelerate learning.




There is on-going liaison with parents in the form of a daily home-school diary, and telephone support where necessary with our pastoral support staff, should you wish to discuss any concerns they may have about your child.  You can contact us at any time and we will always do our best to answer any questions or address any concerns.




We arrange annual review meetings for our pupils where their Education, Health and Care Plans are reviewed. If it is felt that an EHC Plan requires reviewing in the interim period then an additional review is arranged to suggest the necessary amendments, in conjunction with parents, the local authority and the pupil.




We carry out comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the effectiveness of our provision through internal and external school improvement partner visits, moderation meetings, quality assurance monitoring visits and completing self-evaluation tasks, such as lesson observation analysis, learning walks and pupil progress data analysis.




How does the school keep pupils safe?


Pupil safety was rated ‘Outstanding’ in the most recent school Ofsted inspection.




When your child starts at Lakeside School we will conduct a risk assessment, so that we can ensure that their safety is never compromised.  This assessment also takes into consideration information received prior to your child starting and during their first few days in the school.  The risk assessment is usually completed by the Deputy Head and Head of Pastoral Care.




All of our pupils travel to and from school in a vehicle with a driver and an escort.  When they arrive at school at the beginning of the day, their escort brings them to the school doors and hands over to one of our school staff.  Likewise, at the end of the school day, school staff bring pupils from class to their escort ready to walk to their vehicle.  The vehicles have a designated area on which to park, pick up and drop off.




During break times and lunch times all Teaching Assistants, of which there are twelve, and two Pastoral Care staff, provide supervision of pupils on the various play areas.  At lunch time all staff sit at the lunch tables and eat with the pupils, helping them develop social skills and good table manners, and where necessary assist with the cutting up of food, etc. 




Your child’s welfare and safety is of paramount importance at Lakeside School.  The ratio of staff to pupils is extremely high, both in school and when off site for PE lessons, such as swimming and gymnastics, and on school trips.  For each two pupils there is a minimum of one member of staff and several pupils have additional full time 1:1 assistants.




Although all pupils have an individual risk assessment, called ‘My Support Plan’, all staff are trained to undertake further risk assessment should a situation warrant it, and measures are put in place to ensure that both pupils’ and staff’s safety is maintained. Any new risk that becomes apparent is then incorporated into the relevant pupil’s ‘My Support Plan’.




We want all of our pupils to enjoy their time at Lakeside. We take bullying very seriously and have a zero-tolerance attitude.  We promote anti-bullying messages throughout the school and in our day to day school activities. We make sure pupils know how to report any incidences of bullying, so we can deal with it quickly and effectively.  We make sure that our Anti-Bullying Policy can be found on the school website and is available as a hard-copy upon request at our school office.  



How does the school communicate with parents?


Our school has positive and strong relationships with the parents and carers of our pupils.  Well before your child starts at Lakeside, you will be informed about who you are able to contact if you need anything, or if you have any questions or concerns.  In the first instance, the pastoral care team are available to speak to and should you wish to speak to your child’s class teacher or another member of teaching staff, this can be arranged for either during a break-time or at the end of a school day. 




You will always able to contact key personnel via telephone, however, should you wish to speak with somebody in person, you can contact the school and we will happily arrange this for you.  We always attempt to arrange a meeting as quickly as possible and this is almost always on the same day, often immediately, however this is dependent on staff commitments.




Prior to admission, a family handbook will be provided for you to share with your child.  This includes photographs of all members of staff, so that your child can become familiar with them before they start.




We discuss and share educational progress and outcomes with parents via our home-school diary, through end of term pupil progress reports, at Annual Review meetings, and at Parents Evenings. We ensure that parents know that they are welcome into school should they wish to discuss anything and will always do our best to arrange this at a convenient time for you.




We provide parental comment sheets at annual reviews and also send out annual parent questionnaires to allow you to give your opinion on the school and help us to identify areas that we might be able to improve upon. 




At Lakeside we truly value the thoughts and opinions of our pupils and their parents and carers, even if it is about an issue that you feel that we have not dealt with well as well as we should have.  When your child joins the school we will make you aware of our complaints procedure and let you know how we will respond to any complaints you may have.  You can also give verbal feedback to the school at any time.




We understand the importance of confidentiality and operate to the highest standards possible to ensure that we communicate with you in an appropriate, considerate and confidential manner around all aspects of your child’s education and care.




We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our school web page.  These offer a fantastic way to keep up to date with what is happening at the school and read about the latest trips, activities and achievements of the pupils. 






How does the school promote working together?


Everyone at Lakeside, whether it be staff, pupils or parents, is part of one team and we aim to work together to achieve the best for our young people.




We have a school council, which includes a pupil representative from each class and meets regularly to discuss pupil views and ideas. We implement at least two pupil ideas each year, generated by the school council or the annual pupil questionnaire.  We often ask pupils their opinion on various initiatives during assemblies and involve them in the planning of their activities.




In addition, we also have Eco and Fairtrade representatives who act as ambassadors in the community and provide a voice for their class on these issues.  At Lakeside, pupil voice is an important factor throughout the daily life of the school and is always welcomed. 




Your child will be able to be part of these groups and help to play a part in making Lakeside the best it can be.




We also encourage you to write comments in the Home/School diary, so that we always have a strong understanding between home and school.  We distribute parental questionnaires on an annual basis and will ask for your comments at your child’s post admission and annual reviews.




You will be invited to parent evenings and any other parental events that we hold.  This will be another opportunity to talk with us about your child and also discuss any thoughts you have about the school as a whole.  Due to the distance that many of our pupils travel from in order to get to Lakeside, it is quite difficult for many parents to come in to school frequently, however, we do invite parents in to school for Sports Day, Christmas performances, open mornings, and other special events that we hold throughout the year.




We work closely with other relevant and important external bodies.  Our Lakeside School Board, which serves as our governing body, involves any appropriate agencies in meeting the needs of our pupils and supporting their families, such as social care and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).




What help and support does the school offer to families?


At Lakeside, we not only focus on supporting our pupils, but also their parents and wider family.  Help is available to you and your family, if and when needed, when it comes to completing forms and paperwork. This would usually be carried out by pastoral care staff and you will be made aware that this can be requested when they you visit Lakeside, should the need arise.




You are also able to access a range of information, advice and guidance through the school. The person who provides this help would depend on what information, advice or guidance was being requested and who was the most appropriate person to deliver the help.  Information is also available through the on-going literature and resources that we will provide and also our school website




You will have access to a wide range of practical advice and support resources and will be invited to attend our regular parent events and advice workshops.  These focus on giving practical and helpful advice and tips on a variety of relevant issues, including behaviour, travelling, sleep problems and diets.




Transport for your child is arranged between you, the local authority and the school.  Any matters which involve the welfare of your child during their journey to and from school are discussed and developed in consultation with you.  If your child falls ill while in school and you are unable to collect them, we may be able to transport the pupil home, if there are sufficient members of staff available to do so.   We can even provide transport for when you are due to attend school for your child’s annual review or other relevant visits.




When you are planning for your child’s future including options for their next school, we can provide guidance and support, arranging visits if needed.  We want to do all we can to ensure that your child’s future is one of success and happiness.






How does the school support new pupils and school leavers?


Before starting at Lakeside, you and your child will be invited to look around and meet staff and other pupils.  We can arrange a number of visits if your child is particularly anxious about joining Lakeside, and your child will be invited to visit and stay for a short session before starting school. Sometimes, pupils come for several short visits prior to starting full time, particularly if they have been out of school for an extended period of time prior to coming to Lakeside.  We can even visit you and your child in your home setting, so that you can get to know us and discuss starting at Lakeside in a familiar and relaxing environment.




We gather as much relevant information as possible about your child’s needs from you, the local authority, and your child’s previous school setting, if applicable.  We hold staff meetings to inform all staff of any particular information that is pertinent to each child to help their move go as smoothly as possible.  We want your child to enjoy their time at our school, right from day one.




We arrange a Post-Admission Review to take place 6-8 weeks after starting to discuss your child’s progress and how well they have settled in to their new school.  At this meeting, advice from the Senior Leadership Team, Class Teacher, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist are discussed to ensure that everyone is working in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for your child.




When your child starts at Lakeside, it is possible that they may be feeling anxious or nervous about their new school, and that they may become frustrated or emotional at times during their first few days or weeks at Lakeside.  There is excellent pastoral support offered to pupils who may be struggling to express their anxieties or emotions, in the form of our Pastoral Care Team, who are dedicated to ensuring that our pupils feel safe, settled, calm and ready to learn.  We will do all we can to help your child settle in as quickly and easily as possible.




We support pupils who are moving on to new school settings by providing transition opportunities in their new settings.  These can include open days, taster afternoons and graduated transition programmes over a period of 6 weeks, building up length and frequency of visits.  The level of transition is always dependant on the pupil’s individual needs and how much support is required for their move to be successful.  The transition plan is drawn up in partnership with you and your child, the new school setting and the specialist staff working with your child, to ensure that they enjoy a smooth transition.




Once you have visited the new school, transition days take place, firstly with a member of staff from Lakeside who the child knows well and feels comfortable with, until they are comfortable to spend time in their new school with the support of the new school staff rather than Lakeside’s staff.  A child will have as many or as few transition days as they, their parents and the new school feel are needed for their move to be as smooth and successful as possible. 




Your child will be encouraged to discuss any anxieties or concerns they have about their move, and these are then communicated to their new school so that additional support can be provided should it be needed.  Pupils openly talk with one another about their transition days and what they are looking forward to about their new schools, as well as any worries they might have.  We are delighted when past pupils visit to let current pupils know about their new school. This can be a great help to pupils preparing for their future move to a new school.




During their time at Lakeside, your child will be supported through daily activities to develop increasing levels of independence and to become responsible for their actions and ultimately good citizens.  Wherever appropriate, they interact with the community and are encouraged to participate in worthwhile activities.




Your child will access the full National Curriculum, with whatever support is necessary, thereby preparing them for their adult life by providing them with the skills they will need to seek and gain employment and for independent living.  In addition, through our Children’s Choice curriculum, our pupils are encouraged to further develop skills which they already feel they possess, with a view to supporting them to gain employment in a desired field or to develop a leisure activity which they can carry through to adult life.




What extra-curricular activities does the school offer?


We offer a range of extra-curricular activities at Lakeside School, which could include football, chess, boxing (non-contact), golf, fishing, cookery, rugby, trampolining, construction and tennis. These are all offered as part of a pupil’s placement at Lakeside, and do not incur any additional fees for you to pay.




All of our pupils have access to all of our clubs, activities and residential trips.  Pupils are given the option to participate in these activities and are given a choice of activities which leads to them selecting a club or activity best suited to their interests and talents.




A great amount of work is carried out to support children in making friends.  All of our teaching support staff supervise and model social situations thereby encouraging the children to develop the ability to make friends, which in turn allows them to enjoy their time at school even more.


Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5 to 11)
Secondary (11 to 16)
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