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About Springwater School

Springwater is a North Yorkshire Local Authority special school based in Starbeck Harrogate. We have a warm and welcoming community of staff, pupils and volunteers who strive to make each other feel part of our community. We are well situated within starbeck with access to shops and local community facilities a short walk from school.

We serve a large catchment area from Selby to Harrogate and Ripon, with 71 pupils currently attending from both urban and rural areas.


What we do

Our school educates and cares for pupils aged two to nineteen years with an Education Health Care Plan, with a wide range of learning difficulties including:

               Moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties

               Profound and multiple learning difficulties

               Speech, language and communication difficulties

               Physical, sensory and medical needs

               Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties associated with other diagnoses e.g. Autism

               Autism Spectrum conditions.


Our Facilities

The school environment is designed to enable pupils to enjoy their learning in well equiped classrooms, sensory spaces and our pool. Further afield pupils take part in off site educational visits. We organise these visits to help pupils learn and develop in unfamilier environments, life is never static or dull.

We are excited to announce that our outside spaces are to undergo a complete refurbishment where the needs of all students can be met. In addition we are aiming to create a rebound centre in a new purpose built facility. These developments are due for completion by October 2018. 


Our Ethos

The school ethos is to 'ACHIEVE' this underpins all our learning and values. We are committed to the idea that all parents, pupils and staff strive to promote our values.

In the 2015 Ofsted inspection Springwater school retained it's outstanding grading

"Teaching is outstanding. Teachers and teaching assistants are highly skilled in working with pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties" -Ofsted 2015

We are also proud to be one of a select number of schools worldwide to be not only accredited by the National Autistic Society but to have maintained this through further accreditation audits.


Visit Us

If you are considering Springwater School for your child, there is no better way to experience our community than by a visit with us. If you would like to arrange a visit or discuss any aspect, please contact me on 01423 883214 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                                                                       Sarah Edwards

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School of Sanctuary

Springwater School is committed to becoming a School of Sanctuary. This means that our school is a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety. If you would like more information on the School of Sanctuary scheme, please visit the website: https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/



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About Us

Springwater is a vibrant and progressive day school catering for students ranging from two to nineteen years. Offering places to students who may have profound and multiple, severe or physical difficulties, the majority of our current students have co-existing or multiple needs. We also cater for students with autistic spectrum condition and elements of challenging behaviour.