Willow House School

About Willow House School

Willow House School is based in Cheadle, Cheshire. It shares its location with and provides onsite education for Ivy Cottage therapeutic children’s home home. The home and school work collaboratively, alongside the clinical team to deliver the Restorative Parenting Recovery Programme.

What is unique about Willow 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 using therapeutic care. This helps us learn exactly what 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 Goal

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 to nurture outstanding personal development.

Ofsted Report

‘The majority of pupils successfully move on to mainstream schools and successful long-term fostering placements.’

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

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Executive Head Teacher:

Jennifer Illsley

Head of Education:

Leanne Hurd

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