Kirby Moor School

A specialist provision for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Welcome to Kirby Moor School,

It is a privilege to be the Head Teacher of Kirby Moor School, an outstanding school where our pupils are the centre of all of our work and the hard working staff are committed to ensure the best possible outcomes for all.

Kirby Moor School is an Independent specialist school where we work primarily with pupils who have difficulties around their Social interaction, Emotions and/or their Mental Health. These difficulties can manifest in behaviour which can be challenging to those around them.

“Teachers know their pupils very well. They plan tasks which engage and enthuse pupils. For example, in mathematics the teacher sets problems which capture pupils’ interests; for instance, working out percentages and fractions based on the values of cars. In English, the judicious choice of reading books ensures that pupils read books which resonate with their own experiences, as well as broaden their understanding of the world.”
– Ofsted OUTSTANDING December 2017

At Kirby Moor School we believe that education is about developing the whole person, meeting the physical, emotional, spiritual and social, as well as academic learning needs. We are committed to making a positive impact on young people’s lives and helping to develop each individual to their full potential. Planning engaging activities helps our pupils develop knowledge and skills, resulting in more resilient, self-confident pupils ready for more independent futures.

At Kirby Moor School we provide a safe, secure and happy community which follows the ethos of the Attachment and Trauma Sensitive School Approach, Kirby Moor has been awarded the SILVER AWARD STATUS.

Our pupils are aged between 7 and 18 and are based at one of our two sites.

We have our main Kirby Moor site and then a second site – Herdley Bank.

Hopefully by looking at this website you will gain answers to any questions you may have about our school and the different sites.

If you have any questions, or would simply like to meet with me or a member of my team, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can phone school, speak to Jen 01697 742598  to make an appointment or email


Catherine Beard

Kirby Moor succeeds with pupils where many other schools have failed. Pupils join Kirby Moor with a long history of educational under performance. On entry, the overwhelming majority of pupils are working several years below the standards expected for their age. Despite this, all pupils go on to gain academic qualifications, including GCSEs, and secure places at college for post-16 courses, linked to their interests and aptitudes.”
– Ofsted OUTSTANDING December 2017

Contact us

General enquires

01697 742 598



01697 742 598


North Lakes

Longtown Road, Brampton,

Cumbria, CA8 2AB