Lymm Road, Thelwall, Warrington, Cheshire

Chaigeley School originates from 1946 when it was set up by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to care for, and educate, children traumatised by the bombings of the second world war. The school is now located in seventeen or so acres of land and caters for boys with emotional, social and behavioural problems. Bearing in mind the relatively small numbers, students are still able to enjoy extensive playing fields, a tennis court, sports hall, modern recently built classrooms and residential living facilities.

Chaigeley School is designated as a non-maintained school and as such is a special school which runs independently of any local authority. The school is a not for profit organisation and is run as a charity. A wide variety of local authorities purchase places for boys whose needs cannot be met in their home location.


Quakers believe that there is something of God in everybody and that each human being is of unique worth. While Chaigeley does not operate as a faith school it’s ethos is based on the beliefs and values established by the Quakers back in 1946. All students are treated as individuals and we work to recognise the good that can be brought out of everyone. Chaigeley provides an environment in which students are encouraged to develop personal responsibility and resilience, students are given the opportunity to make choices and to learn from their mistakes.

View more images/videos of Chaigeley School.

School Location

School Details
School Type High
Address Lymm Road, Thelwall, Warrington, Cheshire
Postcode WA4 2TD
Phone 01925 756786
Fax N/A
Email Address Contact Chaigeley
Website Visit the Chaigeley website
Miles From Lymm 3
School Hours

  • 8:45 to 9:00 - Breakfast
  • 9:00 to 9:15 - Registration/Assembly
  • 9:15 to 9:50 - Period 1
  • 9:50 to 10:35 - Period 2
  • 10:35 to 10:45 - Break
  • 10:45 to 11:30 - Period 3
  • 11:30 to 12:15 - Period 4
  • 12:15 to 1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 to 1:40 - Period 5
  • 1:40 to 2:20 - Period 6
  • 2:20 to 3:00 - Period 7
Term Dates N/A - information required
Number of Pupils 55
Number of Pupils Admitted Yearly 0
Special Needs Emotional, social and behavioural. Many of the pupils have additional learning needs such as autistic tendencies, aspergers, dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, MLD and specific learning difficulties. Many have attachment disorder and/or a severe delay in social language development. All pupils have experienced significant negative experiences of education in previous settings.
Morning Afternoon Residential pupils follow the same daily timetable as day only pupils. Following the end of school boys will return to their residential house, complete any home work or catch-up work, have an evening meal and then take part in organised social activities.
Holiday Link Club
Residential Trips Chaigeley makes use of residential experiences as a means of developing social interaction skills. On a formal basis the school runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award to silver level. Residential activities are an integral part of this award and pupils visit Wales, Derbyshire and Northern France as part of the programme. On a less formal basis pupils are given the opportunity to experience a summer holiday in North Wales. Holidays are organised in small ‘family style’ groups in which pupils further develop their social skills.
Recurring Events N/A
Additional Information

Sporting activities make a major contribution to the building of self-esteem and confidence. Pupils are able to take part in a number of sporting activities and represent the school throughout the region in both leagues and knock-out competitions.

Chaigeley operates a house system (not to be confused with the residential houses) and through this pupils learn the values of team work and group participation. Each Friday afternoon is devoted to house activities which range from handball and netball through to rounders and hockey on the sporting side along with non-sporting activities such as ‘weakest link’ and ‘Pictionary’ through to ‘marshmallow and spaghetti’ construction and dress the ‘human’ snowman!

Age Groups
Age Group 1Juniors/Key Stage 2/Yrs 3 to 6/Age 8-11 Yrs
Age Group 2Key Stage 3/Yrs 7-9/Age 11-14 Yrs
Age Group 3Key Stage 4/Yrs 10-11/Age 14-16 Yrs
School Clubs
School Club 1Art
School Club 2Chess
School Club 3Computer
School Club 4Fitness
School Club 5Football
School Club 6Music
School Club 7Puzzle Club
School Facilities
School Facility 1Football Pitches
School Facility 2Playground Area
School Facility 3Rugby Pitches
School Facility 4Sports Hall
School Facility 5Tennis Courts
School Staff
Deputy HeadmasterMrs Jan Barlow
Deputy HeadmasterMiss Rebecca Swift
GovernorMrs Ann Dunn
GovernorMrs Alison Jurkowski
GovernorMr Michael Hennessey
HeadmasterMr Drew Crawshaw
Special NeedsMr Mick Gayle

View the Schools homepage.

View images of Schools in the Gallery.

Add Your Comments/Review


Free email accounts available

Claim your completely
email address!

Get Yours!


Get Lymm Updates by Email

Reasons to Subscribe:

  • Be the first to know about upcoming events (Duck Race etc)
  • Get timely information on all the Lymm Festivals
  • Find out about competitions (with cash prizes)
  • Updates from the Gallery, Events more!