Peterhouse School

Peterhouse is a non maintained day and residential specialist school and college for pupils aged 5 to 19 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition. It is administered by the charity Autism Initiatives. The school was established in 1974 following an extensive fund-raising campaign led by the late Pat Minshull to provide education and care for her son, Peter.
The school has Department for Education approval for up to 64 pupils.  The Further Education Department is currently divided into four groups and the associated Peterhouse College is located three miles from the main site. Young people from the age of 16 to 19 may come to us after attending special, mainstream or alternative education provision. Many will have complex needs related to the nature of their autism.  Our individual approach seeks to address challenges related to learning, behaviour, and social understanding.

Peterhouse College provides career based and work related learning for the whole of the Further Education department. The College enables students to focus on the skills needed for life after Peterhouse. Horticulture, ceramics and photography are examples of the types of business enterprises that are on offer. The Duke of Edinburgh award and a range of living skills facilities at the College give opportunities to develop all aspects of independent living.  Students follow an individually tailored learning programme (based on needs identified during the assessment process) and a timetable of activities which is monitored and regularly reviewed.

Contact Us

  • Peterhouse School For Children With Autism, Preston New Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 8PA, United Kingdom
  • 01704 506682
  • [email protected]
  • Janet Allan
  • Headteacher

Special Education Need & Disability

Social Communication

Physical Difficulties

Sensory Processing Difficulties

Speech and Language

Hearing Impairment/Deafness

Visual Impairment

Learning Disabilities

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Facilities and Accessibility

Disabled Parking

Free Parking

Audio Loop

Stair Lift

Wheelchair Accessible

Disabled Toilet

About this Listing

Funding Status: Independent

Method of Referral: Application for a placement at Peterhouse is generally made through the Local Authority of the area in which the child/young person lives.

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Co-designed school: Yes

How does somebody raise a concern about the school?: Via the Headteacher

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