Our History and Inspection Reports

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 establishment in 1994.


Aims and Ethos

  • Heathland School is committed to co-education for junior and senior 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 in which each pupil is recognised as an individual and therefore feels secure.
  • 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.
  • Members of staff should be seen as an excellent role model, setting high standards and applying rules fairly and with consistency and good judgement.