Elm House School

About Elm House School

Elm House School opened on 1st November 2021 and is based in Cheadle, Staffordshire. It shares its location with and educates children from Halliwell’s Oak Lodge therapeutic children’s care home with the home staff, education team and clinical team working collaboratively to deliver the Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme.

What is unique about Elm House School

We think one of the most important parts of our job is to get to know the children and build really positive relationships. This helps us learn exactly what  care our children respond well to and aids them emotionally, socially and educationally enabling them to progress through the Restorative Parenting® programme and move on to succeed within their next placement and throughout their lives.

Our Vision

To provide the best quality of education and care for vulnerable children through a vibrant curriculum which fully prepares pupils for their future economic wellbeing and nurtures outstanding personal development. 


Ofsted Report

‘At Elm House, staff help pupils to get back on track with their education. Pupils learn to come to school regularly and on time. They are given clear, fair and simple rules to follow. However, they also have a say in what happens at school.’
‘Pupils also learn how to manage their feelings and behaviour in positive ways. Staff notice and reward good behaviour and step in quickly if there are any problems.’

Meet The Team

I am extremely proud of the children at Elm House School, who demonstrate on a daily basis that they love to learn! Through an engaging curriculum, a diverse range of educational experiences and clinically informed practice, staff encourage the children to be curious and engaged with the world around them. It is an inclusive and happy school where the children feel safe, secure and cared for. We strive for every child to be on track to reach their potential and support them to flourish socially, emotionally and academically so that they are able to approach the next stage of their education with confidence.

Mrs Illsley – Executive Head Teacher

“I’m really proud of the work the staff at Elm House School put in every day to ensure the children attending the school make such huge improvements in their Social, Emotional and Mental Health as well as the Academic progress they make. The school continues to be highly effective in the delivery of Restorative Education.”

Mr Hargreaves – Education Director

Mrs Hurd – Head of Education

Halliwell School Intents






Contact Us

Executive Head Teacher:

Jennifer Illsley

Head of Education:

Leanne Hurd

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