Shaftoe Road

Phone: 0191 5280440



A warm welcome to Sunningdale School from all staff and Governors.


Our school is a designated ‘special school’ that caters for children with profound, multiple and severe learning difficulties. Some of our children are also on the Autistic Spectrum and may have physical and medical needs.


As a staff we are committed to providing learning that is exciting, challenging and enjoyable. We believe learning should begin with the child and encourage every one of our children to be engaged in their learning at their own level through ‘hands on’ learning at every opportunity.


We believe that children should learn ‘holistically’ and that means children don’t just learn in the classroom but are encouraged to explore learning opportunities in a range of different environments and activities. This may be through our therapies (Hydro, rebound, light, sound), or access to our indoor facilities such as the Learning ‘Lab,’ soft play or the sensory integration room; it might however take the form of learning in the ‘outdoors’ within our ‘Forest’ School area, reading trail or outings in the mini-bus to explore the local community.  Whatever the activity staff are skilled in the provision of personalised learning in order to meet the specific need of each individual child.


‘Partnership’ working is at the very heart of everything we do at Sunningdale. It is a commitment of support we offer our children and their families to maximise outcomes across both the home and school environment. However in addition through the ‘Outreach Services’ we lead and within our new role as a designated ‘Teaching School’ we are now able to reach out to a wider group of partners that will in the future provide an increased range of opportunities for the continued provision of ‘outstanding’ practice at Sunningdale School.