Percy Hedley Foundation

The Percy Hedley Foundation was established in 1953 as a small charitable school for children with cerebral palsy. Its purpose is to promote the rights, needs and aspirations of disabled people through specialist, quality services.

The Foundation now meets the needs of disabled people with cerebral palsy, communication impairments, sensory impairments and complex learning, social care and therapeutic needs.

It offers a wide range of children's services and adult services as well as a Sports Academy. Children's services include a Nursery, family support services, a school for parents, Percy Hedley Primary School, Percy Hedley Secondary Department, the Northern Counties School, and board and respite care.

Adult services include residential services, adult day care services, Northern Counties College and employability projects.

The Sports Academy offers a very wide range of disability sports and its facilities are used not only by many local disabled groups but also for regional and national events.

During any given year the Foundation directly helps 500 disabled children and adults and their families from throughout the North East of England and beyond.

It also offers a wide range of training and consultancy both nationally and internationally.

It is one of the country's largest regional service providing charities and has a well established reputation for quality.

Who to contact

0191 266 5491

Where to go

Percy Hedley School
Forest Hall
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE12 8YY

Local Offer

Local Offer Description

Percy Hedley Teaching School: Local Offer

Percy Hedley Teaching School is a non maintained special school on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne. We offer a unique approach to teaching pupils with disabilities. Teachers, Educational Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Nursing Services, Conductor-Teachers, Teachers of  Hearing Impairment, a Teacher of Visually Impairment and other specialists work collaboratively offering a high class education, which supports pupils, aged 2- 19, to reach their potential.

We will be offering services beyond the age of 19 in 2015.

 In 2008 and 2013 we were judged outstanding in all areas within Ofsted inspections.

  "Even alongside other outstanding schools Percy Hedley stands out as a beacon of excellence".

 As a Teaching School we work in collaboration with a range of other schools, outside agencies and both Newcastle Universities to develop pioneering, best practice outcomes in education.

We offer a range of provision from short break care through to term time residential placements and we will be providing a 52 week residential service in 2015. We currently provide 17 beds within a house situated close to our upper school. We are building 4x 6 bedded units to accommodate family requests for extended, bespoke, residential services, from November 2014.

 We work with two distinct pupil populations within our school provision;

Speech, Language and/or Communication Disorders including;

Social communication,



 Dyslexia-auditory, visual processing problems.

 Physical Disabilities/Motor Disorders including;

Cerebral palsy,

Muscular dystrophy,

Gross and fine motor difficulties,

Developmental Coordination Disorders,

Epilepsy and other neurological impairments.

 However post 16 provision is available for a wider range of, special needs, pupil populations. This generic service enables access to the functional curriculum, leading to increased independence within the context of high levels of therapy and specialist support. 

  Each pupil population is taught separately until they reach Key Stage Four; where pupils are grouped depending upon, which accreditation course they are following. Our pupils have a diverse range of difficulties some are accessing the National curriculum and those with severe and complex difficulties access work within the ‘p’ scales assessment criteria.

Contact Telephone
0191 266 5491
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

Last updated on: 14/08/2015

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