About Us

Windlestone School is a secondary special school maintained by Durham Education Authority for  students aged between 11 and 16 years. 

All of the Windlestone School students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) related to their social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).  

Windlestone School has a long and proud history, and since 2008 our school has been located on a pupose built site that is situated on a near 30 acre plot.  Accomodated on the site we have  a livestock farm with some horticulture areas, outdoor sports facilities, an orchard and a pond.  We are proud to offer an inclusive setting for up to 80 students and can provide residential accomodation for up to 20 of our students.  All of our students are able to take part in the extended day activities which include a wide variety of additional learning opportunities and social activities such as cinema visits, swimming, golf, snooker and football activities and cooking club to name just a few!

Windlestone has a commitment to ensuring that every young person strives to achieve their full potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Windlestone has a commitment to ensuring that every young person strives to achieve their full potential and achieve the best possible outcomes, equipping them for a successful post-16 transition into further education, employment or training.  All of our students are taught in small class groups with a high ratio of adult support and the success that we achieve as a school community is built upon a foundation of extremely strong trusting and respectful relationships between staff and students.  We learn together, we work hard together, we play together, we laugh together and sometimes we cry together!

Windlestone School is committed to providing a safe, stimulating and nurturing learning environment which is therapeutic in supporting social and emotional development. The school aims to be restorative and non-confrontational in supporting the development of pro-social behaviours in our students.   In capturing some of what we are about, the tree logo emblazoned on the school uniform represents growing stronger, and is accentuated with the words: Developing Resilience, Raising Aspiration. We offer a broad and engaging curriculum that includes practical subjects such as rural science, cooking, design technology and motor vehicle studies as well as the traditional academic subjects, PE and religious education.  Reading is a very strong feature of the school curriculum and many of our students take advantage of the support we give in providing students with books of interest.    

Developing Resilience, Raising Aspiration.