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We are looking to create the gold standard in special needs education, providing young people with high quality education, training, therapy, and care to help them reach their full potential. To this end, each year we seek to raise money and welcome donations to furnish:

  • additional equipment

  • campus projects

  • additional activities for our students

Over the past few years, we have continued to adapt and modernise our campus across both our sites.  We have successfully raised funds for an Outdoor Classroom and NOAH (Nature, the Outdoors, Animals and Health) shelter which enables our popular Forest School sessions to take place all year round.  We have raised substantial funds to enable outdoor play equipment to be installed at our Undershaw campus, and most recently we have refurbished our library.

These projects aren’t possible without the tireless effort of staff, donors, and our community partners.  We are so grateful for every element of support, in whatever shape it comes.  From our friends in the community for staging events and naming us as Charity Partners, to notable local figures who lend their names to our new facilities and equipment, and to the numerous people who name Undershaw as their choice for leaving a legacy, we thank you all for your unrelenting support.

If you would like to name Undershaw as your chosen charity for leaving a gift in your will, please email fundraising@undershaw.education.

To read more about our recent fundraising projects, please click the following links.

Our current fundraising project is to enrich our Performing Arts provision.  Our vision is to install an outdoor performance space at our Arts and Media Centre.  Please click this link for our latest Fundraising Focus.

Please follow the ‘Support us’ link below for direct donations to this project and help make a difference to Undershaw today.

Friends of Undershaw

Join us as a Friend to help provide much needed support to our students – your donation, no matter the size, is invaluable. The easiest way to donate is through your bank account by setting up a standing order on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

As a Friend you will receive invitations to exclusive events and monthly updates about how your donation is making a difference to the Undershaw school community.

Please contact marketing@undershaw.education if you would like to become a Friend of Undershaw. We would be delighted to welcome you into our family.

Corporate Sponsorship

Become a Corporate Sponsor of one of our bespoke spaces. Our campus is teeming with facilities that benefit our students in such a multitude of ways and we would be delighted if you would join us in the quest to keep our facilities up to date, fit for purpose and a constant source of joy and well-being for our young people.

Our sponsorship packages are varied and are dictated by the space to which they relate. We currently have a range of spaces open for sponsorship:

  • Learning Dens (our ‘classrooms’ but with a home from home feel to ensure our students feel safe, happy and ready to learn)
  • Library
  • Forest School
  • Art Studio
  • Performing Arts spaces

If you have a business and are looking for ways to engage with a local charity under your Corporate and Social Responsibility Policy then please contact marketing@undershaw.education for more details on the many opportunities we have available.

Company Support

This a great way to give back to your local community, engage with your staff and increase customer engagement and there are many ways your company can get involved:

  • Charity of the Year
  • One-off donation
  • Volunteering
  • Gifts in Kind

Please contact marketing@undershaw.education to discuss any of the options listed above.

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.

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