The Coppice School

The Coppice is a community special school for pupils aged 2-19 years with a range of special educati

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Dear parent(s)/ carer(s)

Our school will be inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday 21st May and Wednesday 22nd May.
As part of this process, Ofsted inspectors will wish to find out your views of the school. Our parents have been emailed a letter and a leaflet inviting you to inform Ofsted of your views about the school via an online survey.
We would be grateful if you could find the time to share your views before the end of the school day on Tuesday 21st May.

Thank you for your support.


Look who has arrived at The Coppice School today! 😀 with Fishers Mobile Farm


Parent/Carer questionnaire 2024: If you haven't done so already please do spare a couple of minutes to share your views with us. What are we doing well? How can we improve further? What you tell us matters and we value your feedback.
Use the link below or scan the QR code to access our online form. Thank you.


Sarah and Wendy have had a fabulous morning at Tesco Extra, Leyland’s Golden Grant event; although on this occasion, the £5,000 grant has been awarded to another worthy local cause for children.
We have met some lovely people (including the mayor) and were made to feel very welcome by the staff.
A big shout out to all Coppice staff, pupils and their parents/carers who came along to support us too. You are truly amazing! 🤩


We need your support!

Are you looking for something fun to do this coming Saturday?
Then come along and support our school at the Tesco Extra store in Leyland for the Golden Grant event between 12 and 1pm!

We are so excited as one lucky customer will find a golden token worth £5,000 for a Stronger Starts project in the local community. And The Coppice School is one of 3 nominated organisations with a chance to win.

There’s lots planned for a party atmosphere to include a lucky dip, a chance to win Easter eggs, and free cupcakes!🧁

One lucky child might even get the chance to set off the confetti cannon!
For further information please contact the school! Hope to see you there 😃


Upper school pupils and students have had a blast this morning with our very special Christmas Show. It was fantastic to see so many of them having fun, singing and dancing. Many thanks to all those parents, family members and friends who came along to show their support.
Please do take the time to give us your feedback using an online form. Simply scan the QR code below and let us know what went well and how you think we might be even better next year.
Merry Christmas 🎅🏻 🎄


Our Lower School pupils performed our unique version of The Nativity in school yesterday. We were incredibly proud of all our pupils and we are sure those parents, family members and friends felt the same too.
This year we are keen to gather your feedback through a simple online form….it takes just seconds to complete.
If you attended yesterday we would LOVE you to tell us what went well and how we can make things even better next year!
Please scan the QR code below to take you straight to the form.
We look forward to hearing from you. 🎄✨


A last minute reminder to everyone regarding the upcoming Christmas Fair set for Sunday 3rd December 10am-2pm at Parbold Village Hall. All proceeds are in support of our school so please do come along. We look forward to seeing you there!


Calling all parents and carers….get the new year off to a fabulous start by joining us for a Winter Crafts event in conjunction with Lancashire Adult Learning.
There will be plenty of time to chat and refreshments will also be available.
Places are limited though so be sure to reserve your spot by contacting us on 01772 336342 or by emailing Nicola Patterson (Pupil and Family Support Manager) on [email protected]
See you then. ⛄️❄️


Looking for something to do on the weekend? Why not visit this Christmas Fair on Sunday December 3rd? All proceeds are being kindly donated to our school.
Any raffle prizes will also be gratefully received.
Thank you 🎄☃️🎅🏻


Tomorrow (04/10/2023) 9.30am-11.30am we host our Coffee Morning for all parents and carers in school. These Coffee mornings will take place on the first Wednesday of every month. Hope to see you there!


There are several confirmed cases of COVID in school amongst pupils and staff. This has resulted in the closure of one class this week. A letter has been sent to all parents this afternoon via email updating them on the current situation.
In the event that your child is unwell with symptoms of respiratory illness (including COVID) we respectfully ask that they remain at home until they feel well enough to return to school. Thank you.


It's our annual Meet the Teacher event in school this coming Wednesday 20th September from 1.30-2.30pm.
We are providing refreshments and are looking forward to welcoming you then.
Your child has brought a letter home from school with details. Please do complete the slip at the bottom and send it back to school with your child to let us know whether you intend to join us.


Given the exceptionally warm weather for the week parents are encouraged to send their child into school with a sunhat and any sun protection cream. Please ensure that any sun cream is labelled clearly with your child's name and accompanied by a consent form (available to download from our school website or you can request a hard copy by telephoning our school office.) Thank you.


Tomorrow (06/09/2023) 9.30am-11.30am we host our first Coffee Morning for all parents and carers in school. These Coffee mornings will take place on the first Wednesday of every month. Hope to see you there!


We are delighted to have been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership (LPPA) accreditation following our successful reassessment before the end of the summer term.
The school has placed great value on the framework that LPPA provides since we were first awarded back in 2009 and effectively supports the school in further developing and strengthening our partnership with parents.


Struggling to find something to do this weekend?
Why not come along and support The Coppice School on Saturday 24th June by joining us for the much awaited return of our Summer Fair?
There are many stalls on offer, refreshments available and a friendly welcome to all - do bring along friends and family.
Doors open between 11am-1.30pm
We look forward to seeing you then. 😃


We are so proud of Anneke Crosby! Our former Child and Family Support Manager has very recently completed an Ultra Marathon in aid of our school and Derian House.
Anneke ran from Manchester to Liverpool in a staggering 10 hours and 17 minutes-and she was still smiling at the finish line!
She has raised an amazing £700 for us and we are so very grateful to her for supporting us in this way.
Well done, Anneke.


We went along to Gee Tee’s in Bamber Bridge this morning to offer them a huge ‘thank you’ for all their effort in fundraising for our school this Christmas. It just goes to show how the local community can pull together to help those in need.
If you happen to visit Gee Tee’s don’t forget to pick up a raffle ticket!! £1 per strip 🎄🎅🏼



As you all know, the school has been repeatedly targeted by anti social behaviour resulting in damage to the school totalling approximately £17.000.
Our school budget can no longer sustain the costs associated with replacing items and repairing damage and we are now launching our very own campaign through the online fundraising platform, Just Giving.

We absolutely understand that many families are facing unprecedented financial challenges as we find ourselves in the midst of a Cost in Living Crisis. Any donation (however small) to the school would be most gratefully received. You could also sign up to a fundraising activity that could generate additional funds for the school.

For your convenience, please find the QR code for our online campaign page below. (You should be able to use the camera on any smart phone or tablet that will generate the link to the page where you can make your donation. ) Please feel free to share this code/ or this email with anyone close to you who may also feel inclined to help our lovely school.
Should you like more information then please do not hesitate to contact us here at the school.

As always we thank you, in anticipation, for all your support.


Check out this sensory friendly Santa’s grotto experience based at Leyland market. Disabled parking can be found directly behind.🎄🎅
If you go along, don’t forget to post a photo below.


Good afternoon

We are pleased to inform you that a temporary fix has been made one of the school boilers which we believe means that school will be open tomorrow.
School transport will be informed this afternoon.
If anything changes, we will let you know at the earliest possible opportunity.
Whilst the circumstances were beyond our control, please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused today.


IMPORTANT NEWS: The Coppice School is without heating today and therefore we have no other option but to close the school whilst we await repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience this may bring but the health and safety of pupils in this cold weather remains a priority. Thank you for your understanding.

Photos from The Coppice School's post 30/11/2022

Since September the school has experienced an unprecedented wave of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage. Youths are climbing on the school roof most nights and are kicking off stack pipes and gas flues. More recently, they have stripped us of external CCTV and turned their attention to the lanterns above our pool area. (These are very much like skylights and serve to protect the water from daylight that can form algae on the surface of the pool.) Lanterns have been repeatedly kicked, smashed and debris has fallen onto specialist pool blinds and then into the pool water and surrounding area.
Unsurprisingly, this has forced a pool closure for the last couple of days whilst contractors repair our roof and remove the debris from the water. It is especially frustrating when our pool has only just reopened to pupils following extensive boiler replacements and electrical repairs.
Our pupils need to access the pool for hydrotherapy purposes as it promotes active movement for our most vulnerable learners. We cannot imagine that anyone would want to deny these children their access to our pool-yet, this is happening night after night. Their actions are morally reprehensible.
It is our understanding that replacing one lantern costs approximately £1,000 and we have just one lantern left intact on our roof out of a possible 8.
In total, we estimate that damage is approaching the £17,000 mark and our school budget simply cannot sustain this any longer.
Once again, we urge our neighbours in the local community to report any incident to the police. We continue to work in partnership with the police and have been visited by crime scene officers for evidence just this morning.
Thank you for your support in such challenging times.


The school continues to be subject to regular vandalism from local youths who are relentlessly climbing on the roof and kicking off gas flues. Yesterday, this mindless damage led to a leak in one of our classrooms.
In the very early hours of the morning on Saturday 22nd October all four of our external CCTV cameras were smashed off their brackets too - but not before the cameras caught youths on film "trying" doors to gain access.
Once again, damage has been reported to the police and we continue to work with them in identifying those responsible.

We appeal in particular to our neighbours and kindly ask them to report any vandalism or attempts to break into our school whilst it is happening. Special thanks to Chorley Police who dropped by last night on their patrol to provide additional presence in the area.

Every time our school is targeted in this way precious funds are diverted to maintain our premises - instead of being spent on resources, staffing and keeping our school warm during the winter. Please support our school in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable children in our society.
Thank you.


It's been great getting to know you all over the past year and I will miss you, but I am off to pastures new! All the very best to you all and your amazing young people! It has been amazing working with you all :-)


Thank you to the parents who came into school today to meet Lisa from Fledglings, who brought in a selection of their products. One thing some of us (including me) learned today was if you have a radar key you can access disabled public toilets, so if you need one Fledglings sell them for £4! I hope the session was helpful and gave you some ideas :-)

Clothing, Swim & Sensory Toys for Disabled Children | Fledglings 14/10/2022

Hi all, just a reminder that Lisa from Fledglings will be visiting school on Tuesday 18th October from 11am till 12.00, and bringing with her some ideas for Christmas suitable for children and young people with additional needs. Please come along - there will even be tea / coffee and biscuits!

Clothing, Swim & Sensory Toys for Disabled Children | Fledglings Fledglings is a non-profit shop offering products for children with disabilities, inc. sensory toys, swimwear, incontinence products, bibs and clothing – for families & schools.


Huge thanks to all parents and carers who so kindly sent in donations of food for our Harvest Celebration-our last Harvest assembly was three years ago. It was very special being together again in this way. We were autumn ’detectives’, sang Harvest songs and explored autumn leaves and conkers.
Our contribution will be making its way to a local food bank very soon to help those who need it most.

Contact - for families with disabled children | Contact 06/10/2022

"Contact" is a great site with lots of helpful information for families where there is a child or young person with additional needs. They also have an excellent helpline and links to a Benefits Calculator.

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