Welcome to Springhead School


We are an all-age specialist school for cognition and learning - a community special school based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Our pupils have a wide range of learning needs including complex moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties or disabilities. We are registered for pupils aged between 2 and 19 years and many have a broad range of additional special educational needs such as autism, physical disabilities, complex medical needs or social emotional mental health issues, but all of which are combined with learning needs.


The classroom provision for most of  our youngest pupils, up to the age of 11, is based slightly apart from Springhead School on an adjacent site.  The pupils can access all the specialist resources available on the Springhead site. Some of our younger pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties are based in our specialist, interactive resource centre (The Learning Zone) with Falsgrave Community Centre, 700 yards away from the main site. 


Key Stage three and four pupils, and most of our Sixth Form students, are based on the Springhead site. .We have a small group of Sixth Form students who form our Independence Group, and who work off-site for the whole week developing independent travel, vocational skills and skills for independent living. 


The school site is small and compact, but the pupils benefit from excellent facilities within the community. For example, our Learning Zone at Falsgrave Community Centre. This has been developed as an interactive learning environment.  We use Compasss Fitness gym, a short walk from school, we regularly use Scarborough Rugby Club and we use the swimming pools at Scarborough and at Whitby.


Each year the school hires a beach chalet, and the curriculum in the summer term is designed around long-term access to the beach. The school has a hydrotherapy pool on site with a state of the art light and sound system. We share this beyond the school day with pupils from other schools and adults with disabilities. Springhead School is a 'Specialist School' for Cognition and Learning. We are funded by the Local Authority, with three other special schools across North Yorkshire, to run the Severe / Complex Learning Difficulties Outreach Support for mainstream schools, supporting them to meet the learning needs of pupils with increasingly complex learning difficulties. We also run the North Yorkshire Communication Aid Partnership for Scarborough and Ryedale, and the school has a Service Level Agreement with NY Local Authority to develop Personalised Learning for students in the Scarborough and Ryedale area when they leave school at 19. So if required, and if appropriate, we can guide and support our pupils from the age of 2 to 20 and beyond.


Families of any prospective pupils are warmly welcome to contact the school to arrange a visit and a personal appointment with the head teacher, Mrs Debbie Wilson.



  • As a parent I feel cared for, and my daughter has gained great independence since coming to this school.
  • The staff are smiley and positive. Without this school, my son would not be where he is today. If you knew him before he came here - what a difference!
  • When I come into this school I am surrounded by a bubble of positiveness.
  • I am very happy with this school. I appreciate its friendliness and positive approach.
  • My son started Sixth Form last September. What a difference a year at this school has made!

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