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An Introduction to Waterloo Lodge

Waterloo Lodge School is an ‘outstanding’ independent co-educational day school catering for 11-18 year olds who have a statement of educational needs for emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. The school is part of the Acorn Care and Education group of schools and specialist childcare provider.

Waterloo Lodge is located on the (A6) Preston Road, Chorley with easy access to the M6, M65, M62 and the M61. Pupils from across the North West attend the school and are brought to school each day by taxis or mini buses.

In addition to general classrooms there is a Science laboratory, an ICT Suite, an Art room, and a Food Technology room. PE lessons take place in nearby specialist sports facilities with a range of venues being used for Outdoor Education.

Aims and Values

Waterloo Lodge School strives to provide a caring, structured learning environment in which all pupils can develop academically, socially, emotionally and morally to their full potential and in which pupils and staff feel safe, secure and valued.

It is our overriding aim to make a difference to young people for today and tomorrow.

We are committed to delivering a personalised curriculum, the derivation of which is based on thorough assessment of a pupil’s needs and preferences alongside their strengths and areas for development; pupils are provided with appropriate and challenging pathways.

We offer an environment where teachers can deliver an exciting and innovative curriculum, ensuring the application and use of emerging technologies is paramount; we have consistently high expectations of all pupils.

Our aim for all pupils is success.

The citizens of the future will need to be flexible and adaptable. They will need to be able to continue to learn throughout their lives to respond to the changing needs of society.

They will need to be able to put their skills into practice to obtain the best results from them.

They should feel able to contribute fully to society; not to be constricted by constraints placed upon them.

They should make valuable contributions to enhance their community and the global community.

They should have opportunities and experiences which extend their belief in what they can become.

They should achieve, if not exceed their potential, educationally and emotionally.

They should be equipped with the skills to make a difference.

Meet the Headteacher

James Joyce has worked within the Education sector since graduating from UCLAN in 2002 with a degree in Science BSC (Hons). While working at Waterloo Lodge he took on the responsibility of delivering Science and Maths within the school. Along with the delivery of the curriculum, James became the Head of Science; achieving QTS as he managed the Science department.

In addition to developing the Science curriculum, James assumed other roles, including Examinations Officer and Senior Teacher, while successfully completing a Masters degree (Masters of Arts in Education). After two years as the Senior Teacher, James became the Assistant Headteacher at Waterloo Lodge; responsible for whole school curriculum, Teaching & Learning, pupil progress – achieving the judgement of outstanding at the latest Ofsted inspection.

James was appointed the Headteacher of Waterloo Lodge School in May 2012 and is currently developing the curriculum further, while ensuring high quality outcomes/judgments are maintained and achieved.

Our Expertise

At Waterloo Lodge we deliver the full National Curriculum alongside a wide range of vocational and work-related experiences, which are tailored to suit individual needs. Pupils are assessed on entry and an individual programme is developed which takes into account each pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and aspirations for the future.

We place a strong emphasis on the social, emotional and behavioural development of our pupils. Opportunities for positive social interaction are built into the school day and pupils are encouraged to learn together and grow together. A wide range of curriculum and sporting opportunities also complement our curriculum; further information about these can be found in the ‘Beyond the Classroom’ link.

Learning experiences are carefully planned to engage the most reluctant learners. All our pupils have had negative experiences of schools and we strive to offer something different.


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