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Northern Counties School - Newcastle

Northern Counties School is a non maintained School situated within Newcastle upon Tyne. It provides all age (3-19 years) day and residential special education for children who have a hearing impairment or visual impairment, those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder all of whom require education, therapy and care within a specialist communication environment.

Northern Counties School is a strategic partner within the Percy Hedley Foundation’s Teaching School Alliance and we work in collaboration with a range of other schools, agencies and both Newcastle Universities to develop pioneering, best practice outcomes in education, therapy and care.

We offer a range of highly specialist provision which includes residential, short break, term time and 52 week placements. We currently provide 12 beds within the school grounds.

There are three distinct population pupil populations within our school provision;

  •  Sensory Impairment- hearing and visual.
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders- pupils with severe and complex ASD including challenging behaviour
  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties-including medical conditions.



At Northern Counties School we believe that:

  •  All children and young people have the right to an education appropriately directed and managed to allow the fullest development of their personal, intellectual, physical, communication and social and emotional skills. 
  • All children and young people have the right to an education which provides equality of opportunity, recognises and respects individual needs, allows maximum access to a broad and balanced curriculum and ensures preparation for responsible adult life in society on leaving school. 
  • All children should be given the best opportunity to fully develop their potential and prepare for successful adult life through placement within a carefully defined and properly supported specialist communication environment.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lisa Williams
Contact Position
The Head Teacher's Personal Assistant
0191 281 5821
Northern Counties School Website


Informal visits to the school are welcome at any time.  Contact can be made by direct contact with the Head Teacher or through the Local Education Authority.

Ms Jo Allen

Mrs Claire Ramsay


Where to go

Northern Counties School
Tankerville Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
11 -16 Years
16 -19 Years
Pre-Birth - 5 Years
5 -11 Years
SEN Provision Type

Page last reviewed: 25/08/2020