Talbot House School

We take great pride in the achievements of the children who attend our school and celebrate everything which makes them unique.  Most have faced struggles in mainstream environments before coming to us.  They are able to access learning via a broad and balanced curriculum.  Giving them the opportunity to explore the gifts and talents they possess and re-engage in education successfully, is our first priority.  We provide a variety of skills, training and academic qualifications for children with special educational needs and disabilities, or those being assessed for such.  The development of the whole child is key for us, that is why we have an entire curriculum subject dedicated to social enrichment. Our school is a non-maintained special school, we are free to accept children from any region and manage our own income and expenditure according to the trusts charitable aims, which are to improve the lives of each child and family we work with. 

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Aces science

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Snow in Walbottle

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An english lesson

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Aces science

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Our School

We have a population of pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), however, many of our pupils have further complex needs. For example, around two-fifths of our pupils have an ADHD diagnosis, over half have an ASD diagnosis or are in the process of ASD being explored/assessed, some have both diagnosis and other needs too.

Our pupils live in a number of different local authorities and their complex and multiple needs are met by our specialist provision here in Newcastle, which includes our broad, balanced and personalised curriculum, our nurturing, trauma informed setting and skilled and experienced staff. We work closely with parents and carers and highly value the good communication links with them, with regular communication between school and home.


Our staff team are focused on CPD and learning good practice from other professionals as well as sharing good practice within the team. We use research-based practice and partner with experts in various strategies with a number of our staff being trained THRIVE practitioners. We have regular whole staff CPD, recently including training on Autism, attachment disorder, trauma, ACE, safeguarding, Thrive and positive handling. Individual members of staff also have qualifications in some of these areas and others, including mental health and wellbeing training.


Preparing for adulthood is key and we integrate work to support this throughout our school day to enable our pupils to meet their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. We teach restorative measures and reflection after difficult interactions and we support our pupils to build resilience and manage their feelings. We promote good manners and appropriate self-care to prepare our pupils to be confident, productive members of their communities. 

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A note from our Head Teacher, Christine Smiles.

Spring Term 2022

I would like to start with saying a Happy New Year to everyone, although it is probably not the beginning to the year we expected, at least we have been able to welcome back our pupils face to face on day one.


We understand that this half term could be difficult for all of us in the continuing ever changing landscape of the pandemic, new variants and possible restrictions.  We will continue to keep you informed about any changes to routines which maybe required throughout the term.  Please do not   

hesitate to contact us if you are unsure about sending your child into school if they are not feeling well, as we are happy to give advice. We may experience some staff absence but we will keep you updated. We have also been informed that some SEND transport may be disrupted due to staff shortage.

As you know, all schools have been asked to lateral test pupils on their first day back, we will carry out testing on the first day, but we are also testing again on the third day back.  Depending on circumstances, we may determine that we need to return to in school testing if required, where close contacts have been identified, for instance.  We are happy to test our pupils in school for the first couple of weeks due to some families finding it difficult to access lateral tests. Government guidelines have outlined that mask wearing should also be used in classrooms, therefore we will be asking pupils from year 7 on to wear their masks in classrooms as well as communal areas, unless your child is exempt.

I would like to thank all our parents and carers for their continued support. Please remember that you can join our closed group Facebook page, please request this and we will be happy to accept you. We also have a Twitter page, @talbothousetrus. We share lots of information on these pages and showcase what we do in school.

I hope you enjoyed our autumn term newsletter that was sent home before the holidays. Watch out for the spring term 1 newsletter at the end of this half term.


If you would like to discuss anything further about your child, please contact us on 0191 2290111 or on my mobile number which can be found on the "Meet the Senior Management Team" page of this website.

Mrs C Smiles

Head Teacher

Our Aim

Our aim is to nurture, inspire and prepare our children for adulthood. We want our pupils to become motivated and successful young people; who are equipped to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.  To do this we create a positive, supportive and stimulating environment which promotes the development of children's academic and social learning.


Teaching is personalised according to the children, to ensure we meet the needs specified for each child, we deliver a "stage not age" approach for our children, some of whom have complex and high dependency needs.  

We are driven by our charitable aims to make a positive impact in the life of every child we work with.

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Click on the image to see the latest news letters from both upper and primary. There are historical news items there too. Its a really good way to see what our school is all about.

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Thrive uses arts and play-based activities in a targeted way to support healthy neural development, promote a positive sense of self, develop creativity, support emotional and social development and build optimal learning capacity.

Acheived and maintained since 2017.  This award isnt just about school food, it also represents excellent work in promoting health and wellbeing across the entire school day.