Heathland Private School

Accrington, Lancashire

About Heathland Private School

Your Child, Our Purpose, Their Future

Set in the heart of East Lancashire, close to M65 and M66, Heathland School boasts an excellent reputation as a traditional, caring private school, interested in the “whole” child. Situated in a large manor house with five acres of landscaped grounds, children from 3 months to 16 years receive a high standard of continuous education.

Our latest ISI report can be found here

Why Choose Us

Heathland School offers a wonderful opportunity for your child to study in an environment where the teacher is allowed to teach, free from behavioural problems. Small class sizes ensure that all pupils receive individual attention, providing a positive learning environment, where even the quietest child is never overlooked. Our students consistently achieve higher than anticipated results which reflect in our excellent value-added scores. Heathland School does not tolerate bullying and we foster a strong relationship with parents. Children throughout the school benefit from the feeling of being part of an extended family.

  • Traditional teaching and values
  • Small focused class sizes
  • Excellent social integration
  • Excellent ISI reports
  • Outstanding results at all Key Stages
  • Emphasis placed on homework
  • Extended school day
  • Bus transport available
  • Smart traditional uniform
  • Holiday clubs
  • Family ethos

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for their warm support for Heathland School. It only seems like yesterday when we welcomed our first pupils and nursery children into our school in September 1994. Over the years, although the school has grown to include a senior school, our ethos has not changed. We are a family orientated school with an open door policy. Children will achieve their full academic potential in our small class sizes, that allows for a great deal of individual teaching contact time in class. We are a non-selective school but still maintain very high standard academic results, 100% A-C. This is due to our zero-tolerance of bad behaviour in the classroom, highly motivated and committed teaching staff and close communication with parents. To appreciate what Heathland School can offer your child, please come and meet our staff and children.

J. Harrison B.A. (Hons) Cert Ed FRSA Principal
Heathland School

Although Heathland is a small school, we are big in ambition. We aim for our pupils to leave as mature and responsible young men and women, possessing the skills required to tackle the challenges of modern life. Our traditional values and purpose give our pupils true confidence for life. But don't just take our word for it - come and see for yourselves. Every day is an Open Day at Heathland School, so please contact the office and organise a visit.

As important as academic achievements are, we recognise that not all children may not excel in some areas, so we regard personal development, self-confidence and tolerance as important qualities. We strive to help our children become pleasant, well-balanced students who will make a good contribution to society.

We offer a seamless transition from Juniors to our Senior Department, continuing the individual educational plans for each child. We offer up to 12 GCSE’s (or more practical NVQ’s if appropriate), often with subjects taken early. We balance traditional teaching with new strategies and have an excellent computer suite to facilitate the latest technological advances.

Heathland School At A Glance


Heathland College is a vibrant and innovative school which is committed to independent thought and the pursuit of individual excellence. It's very difficult to get a true feel of our school from looking at this website or reading the prospectus. We highly recommend that you arrange a visit to see the school in action. More....

  • Heathland School is committed to co-education for children up to the age of 16 years, in a non-denominational family centred environment.
  • We offer a broad academic curriculum catering for pupils with a wide ability range and achieve excellent results.
  • We set high standards as a goal and encourage our pupils to grow in self-discipline and to value integrity, tolerance and respect for others.
  • We aim to discover and develop the ability and aptitudes of each pupil within a disciplined, caring and happy community.
  • We expect a high standard of behaviour and regard the following features as fundamental to the work of Heathland School.
  • Smaller than average class sizes.
  • School life should be disciplined and well structured so that pupils know where they stand.
  • Careful and thorough academic monitoring.
  • High expectations but with emphasis on reward for effort.
  • We aim to instil in all pupils the traditional values of courtesy, good manners, respect and good working habits.
  • To develop academic skills to the full and nurture each pupil to achieve his or her optimum potential.
  • Staff set high standards and apply rules fairly and with consistency and good judgement.


Heathland Nursery has been established since 1994 and is located our beautiful grounds in Accrington, Lancashire. We are registered with OFSTED and ISI as well as being members of the National Day Nurseries Association.

We aim to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment to help your child to develop their social and educational skills to the best of their ability. A close liaison between staff and carers is encouraged to ensure continuity of care, which re-assures children and helps extend the secure and happy environment from home to the nursery setting.

The children are cared for in groups with children of a similar age. Each group has its key workers who get to know your child particularly well. Babies start in their own room and, when ready, move through into Toddler Room and then into Top Nursery. The Kindergarten building welcomes children from three years where they are prepared for entry into school. A natural progression for Kindergarten children is to join our Prep 1 class in the main school, where they receive an excellent start to their school life in a small group with a maximum of 16 children. We look forward to welcoming your child to the Heathland family. More.....

Junior School

Heathland Junior School employs a balance of traditional and formal teaching methods. Whilst we follow the national curriculum, we also allow for the flexibility of an enriched and extended learning process. Children in are taught in small class sizes of 16 or less. This is a particular strength of the school in ensuring that every child’s needs are met. Every child is unique, and we are able to support and develop talents and abilities.

Where a child is identified as needing additional support with their learning, this is provided by the class teacher, in coordination with the SENCO. The same principle applies to a child who displays a particular gift or talent, they have their learning extended and positively challenged.

The learning day consists of a full range of academic subjects, in addition to musical, practical, artistic and sporting learning experiences. Subjects such as French and drama are also introduced in the Early Years. In the Lower and Upper Junior school, the children are increasingly taught by specialist subject teachers for French, ICT, P.E, Art and textiles, Music and Drama. This allows for a seamless transition into Secondary school.

Senior School

In the Senior School the pupils in Senior One to Senior Three the pupils all study the following subjects: Mathematics, English Science, History, Geography, French, Music, IT, PE, Art and Design and Citizenship. We follow the National Curriculum, but also extend and enrich their learning experiences. These subjects are all taught by specialist teaching staff.

When the pupils choose their GCSE courses they are able to make individual choices. We support pupils who wish to take additional courses, even if they are the only pupil selecting a particular subject. Some pupils are able to take a GCSE in Year 10 and then take AS Level in the following year. Other pupils may wish to study fewer GCSEs, giving them additional time to study core subjects. We also have links with a local college, where less academic pupils may take vocational courses. More....


Heathland School can be found at ‘Broad Oak’, Sandy Lane, Accrington (Accrington means ring of Oaks). The site took its name from an old oak tree in the grounds with a reputed 27 foot circumference. The original tree blew down in 1814 and a replacement tree was planted from an original acorn.

Broad Oak House was built in 1802 by Mr John Hargreaves and in 1890, a Miss Wilson took the house and founded a school for ‘young ladies’. In 1897 the school closed and Mr MacAlpine purchased the site and demolished the old house. The present mansion house was built in 1900 and the original architect’s plans can be seen in the reception hall of the school.

In 1949 Lancashire County Council acquired the site as a home for 27 children, and later the house was used as a home for the elderly. The present owners, Mr and Mrs Harrison, opened Heathland Private School as an independent, co-educational school in 1994. More....


Results – The best academic results in the East Lancashire Area for the last 3 years.*
*Grade f 5 or above in English & Maths within 5 mile radius of the school (excludes Grammar Schools).

GCSE’s are now being graded 1-9. This assessment system is also applied throughout secondary education commencing in Year 7, where students begin at Level 1 and then progress each year through to Year 7. The new system is much more challenging and it is predicted that only about 1% of students will attain a Level 9, and that this will be for exceptional attainment in a particular subject. Colleges will view Level 7 and 8 as high attainment.



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