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Eliminating the Impossible

As a school we want to play our part in highlighting the importance of authentically inclusive workplaces where those with additional needs can be fully integrated into competitive employment, wherever their field of passion and expertise might lie.


Nationally only 5.6% of people with an EHCP are in paid employment age 25 and over. It is our mission, through our education and pastoral provision, to equip pupils with the skills, self-belief, and ambition to be able to success in their adult lives and transition into full time paid employment.

We provide an education for those who might not thrive in a mainstream setting but who equally would not be suited to attending a specialist SEN school. We provide pupils with an enhanced secondary education in the knowledge that we can meet individual needs and provide the right environment and opportunities. We also support students who may not have transitioned successfully into a mainstream secondary school, or where the placement might have failed.

An Undershaw education unlocks passion, confidence, and independence.

Dovetailing a range of therapeutic and SEN support approaches with personalised, student-led learning opportunities, we promote independence, agency, curiosity and self-awareness. Our purpose is to engender a love of learning bespoke to everyone through a lived day to day educational experience. Through immersion in a supportive, healthy, exciting, and aspirational time at a school which has their futures in sight from the outset, not only will the children’s school days be enriched and fulfilling, so too will their lives and futures, far beyond the school gates.

Our team at Undershaw firmly believes that additional needs should hinder neither aspiration nor independence and that learners should be empowered to fulfil their personal potential in adulthood.   Our inspirational teachers are actively embedding routes from the start of every child’s time with us, not only into higher and further education but also to employability, so our young people are equipped throughout to take up their place in the wider world with confidence.

When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What they're saying

‘Undershaw is a shining example of best practice in skills education. Congratulations to all involved'

Sophie DeavilleSenior Education Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

A strong focus on developing key life and employability skills in the sixth form ensures that pupils are well prepared personally, as well as academically, for the next stages of education or employment.

OFSTED ReportFeb 2022

The Undershaw students are just so lovely and friendly. I’m impressed how hard working and mature they are.

SarahCafé Manager, Haslewey Community Centre

It was a delight to meet your students: full of questions and curiosity. It’s clearly a lovely school.

Kate Perry, BBC Journalistand Undershaw Careers Week Speaker

The staff at Undershaw have created a lifelong strategy for students, ensuring that they have the essential skills needed to succeed.

Sophie DeavilleSenior Education Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

Thanks for the confidence in me.

Undershaw Alumnus

Honestly the change in him has been amazing. We feel very fortunate to have got into Undershaw. Such a great school with fantastic staff & teachers.

Undershaw Parent

The school has been amazing and has transformed my son in so many ways into the happy and confident 16yr old he is today.

Undershaw Parent

Eliminating the impossible


Undershaw is an inclusive community which is based on mutual respect.  Everyone is valued and their uniqueness celebrated.

Read about Employability


Undershaw is a caring and considerate school. We look after each other wholeheartedly, fostering meaningful and compassionate relationships.

Read about Therapy


Undershaw is a safe space for all, where we can take risks. We support each other to keep going and believe in ourselves when we try new things.

Read about our Curriculum