Welcome to Calder Lodge School.
Calder Lodge School is an independent specialist primary day school focused on SEMH, ASD and other associated needs including GDD, MLD, SLD. We have experience in supporting children with serious visual impairment and hearing impairment where social, emotional and mental health needs have become the primary focus. The school is based in Oakenclough, a rural backdrop in the hills behind Garstang with the Forest of Bowland. By providing our own transport we can support local authorities across the North West.
Build confidence, self-worth, resilience and aspiration.
Values & Ethos
Providing consistency and safe boundaries in which pupils feel settled.
A team of experienced and well-trained teachers and TAs.
Experienced, caring, well trained staff
We believe Calder Lodge School enables its pupils to improve their academic performance, develop their social skills and raise their aspirations. Our pupils may have a history of negative attitudes towards school, as a result of previous experiences of failure and frustration. Through our positive structure of rewards and incentives, underpinned by a strong sense of boundaries, our pupils gain self-belief, display positive behaviours and have a strong sense of belonging to our school. By rebuilding their self-esteem and forging positive relationships, they replace failure with success.
At Calder Lodge School we provide a high quality learning environment and deliver an exciting and innovative curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils. The curriculum is underpinned by strong social and behavioural support, building self-esteem and giving pupils a platform to experience success. This, in turn, enables pupils to channel their energies into improving academically. The school has a strong ICT infrastructure, which aids learning and enriches curriculum delivery at all times.
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Calder Class go farming at Greenlands
Calder Class had a fabulous time when they visited Greenlands Farm. This venue was chosen because this term’s topic is about farming. The pupils had the opportunity to hand feed two hungry young calves. Many of the children were very entertained by the springing, noisy lambs. The guinea pigs were a firm favourite with most […]
Castles with Oakenclough Class.
Oakenclough Class have been learning all about castles and towers throughout their topic lessons. They have visited Liverpool Castle at Rivington, which is a ruin dating back to 1200s, to enablethem to really understand the concept of the age and strength of these structures. Lancaster castle also remains a firm favourite. They identified the remnants […]
Social Learning with Nicky Nook Class
Nicky Nook enjoyed a nature walk at Brockholes Nature Reserve where we did some bird watching and spotted lots of wildlife such as herons and swans . As a part of a social learning activity, the children worked together in teams to build a den using different materials. We had some time playing in the […]
Parlick Class here to save the day.
Parlick class went to Catterall park as part of our memorable experience for our new topic, ‘Superheroes.’ The children dressed up into their favourite superheroes and then played with each other on the park. Before our trip out we discussed with the class who our favourite superheroes were and what superpowers we liked. We then […]
Fairsnape Class- River and water flow
As part of our Culture Capital trip, Fairsnape class spent the day visiting Scorton by going to discuss our current ‘Topic’ subject which is ‘Flow’. We also went to the picnic area for our lunch, followed by the trip conclusion of spending a short time at the park/play area. The objective of the day was […]
South Lakes Safari Park
Calder Class, and a discerning visitor from Nicky Nook, had a fabulous time when they visited South Lakes Zoo. It was their first experience at this up close and personal zoo. Walking amongst the animals in their enclosures was all part of the experience. Unfortunately, the penguins weren’t interested in being fed a bucketful of […]
Forest fun at Leighton Hall
NickyNook class visited Leighton Hall and the Larksfoot Forest School as part of their Predator topic. It was a grey and damp day so we donned our wellies and waterproofs, setting off on our adventure. The children had a wonderful time exploring the woodland area looking for wildlife, some were even looking for Bigfoot. As […]
Exploring the animal kingdom
Nicky Nook class are exploring the animal kingdom in lessons this half term. What better way to bring learning to life than a school trip to a wildlife park?! And so, on January 12th, we put on our warmest jackets and set off to “Wild Discovery” at Ribby Hall Village. Despite the chilly weather, the children were […]
Calder Lodge supports local charity with food donation.
Today we had Andy Baker, Director from Lancaster football club visit us at school. Following many generous donations from the school staff and pupils we were able to amass a significant amount of food and homegoods.
Christmas begins at Calder Lodge!
This morning we went to a local farm, Calderside, which supplies Christmas trees. We selected the best one we could find and took it back to school. During the day we listened to Christmas music whilst we decorated the Christmas tree. The baubles were a little fiddly but we got there in the end. Over […]
Children in need at Calder Lodge
Led by Bleasdale class, pupils from across the school took turns in cycling for Children in need. Over the course of the day an impressive 35 miles was covered raising £127 at the last count. Some tired legs were joined by big smiles as the sense of achievement took over. Whilst this was occuring back […]
Signing the book of rememberance.
Calder Lodge School pupils leaving flowers at Dalton square, Lancaster. This was followed by signing of the book of condolence at the Town Hall.