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Unlocking Potential For Happy Successful Lives
Bettws Lifehouse at Kingsland Grange.
Bettws Lifehouse has been a successful
Independent Special School in Wales since 2007. In 2022, we have moved over the border into England to be able to offer more
students and their
families the opportunity to experience the Lifehouse approach to education and
Fundamentally our approach is quite simple. The child
Everything is built around an
individuals needs from the very beginning. A bespoke curriculum and
timetable, a small
and time to gain confidence and self knowledge.
Many of our pupils have had challenges within the education system, We go right
back to basics and build relationships, self confidence and a real sense of safety from
the outset. Once this is in place, learning will follow..
Our reputation for positive outcomes is excellent. Students can go on to
University, Further Education, or into the workplace. Please take a look at our results and case studies pages to see for yourself some of the amazing achievements our young people have gained. As the Founding Directors we are incredibly proud of all our
students, past and present, our staff team
and our results.
We are a family run business with family values and a core
We hope that we will be able to be able to offer you the support you are looking
for and that this web site can give you a little taste of Lifehouse!
Please do get
Kay, Meg and Adrian
Why Choose Us?
Our Core Values
Holistic education is based on the principle that pupils can find
identity and purpose in life by connecting to nature, human values and their
We want to provide not only academic success, but also the
strategies to cope with the challenges of life and living beyond the school
environment. Important emphasis within our curriculum is given to learning
about yourself, relationships, responsibility, resilience and empathy with
Nurture groups were originally designed to help children experience
nurturing and warm relationships with an adult in a safe and secure,
predictable environment. This in turn promotes social, emotional and
cognitive development (Boxall 2002).
Back in 2007, Meg and Kay recognised the need for a provision that could
provide holistic education, taking account of a child’s needs and showing
empathy, patience and integrity.
They had backgrounds in working with children
with a myriad of needs both in mainstream and in Social Inclusion settings. It
was clear there was a missing option for children and parents when things were
not working out.
The Lifehouse was established to meet those needs, drawing on
nurture group learning, and trauma informed practice.
From the outset we had Maslows Hierarchy of Need in the forefront of our
Every child should: Feel safe and valued Be comfortable, warm and
cared for Have a day balanced
between hard work and play and exploration Enjoy fresh air and
exercise and know that these support a healthy mind Experience positive
relationships with peers and adults
Over the years we have developed and evolved, learning from our pupils,
their families, experts and authorities to create our own unique setting.
We have a school sites in Bettws Cedewain, in Mid Wales and in Shrewsbury. Both
sites absolutely draw on nature and the tranquillity of green space.
Within all of these strands are multi layers of complexity and
nuances. For example we have experience of working with pupils who have
PDA profiles, low mood and self-harm, severe anxiety, agoraphobia, significant
trauma and ACE’s.
Please do get in touch if you think we may be able to help.
registered with the Dept of Education and Ofsted as a Special School for
children aged between 5 and 19 who may have:
Social and emotional needs Mental health issues and
anxiety On the Autistic spectrum Moderate Learning Difficulties