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Gilbert Ward Academy


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Gilbert Ward Academy is a special school that provides a high-quality, inclusive and personalised education for pupils aged 11 to 16 with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs and autism spectrum condition (ASC). The academy caters for pupils who have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) or are undergoing an assessment for one.

Gilbert Ward Academy's mission is to create a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment where everyone is valued, respected and empowered to achieve their full potential. This is achieved by offering a broad and balanced curriculum that is tailored to the individual needs and aspirations of each pupil. The academy also provides a range of interventions such as the Thrive Approach and Positive Behaviour Support to help pupils develop their social and emotional skills and well-being.

Gilbert Ward Academy's vision is to be a leading special school that makes a positive difference in the lives of pupils and their families. They aspire to be a school where pupils are self-aware, understanding, responsible and empathetic in their interactions with themselves and others. The academy wants pupils to be motivated and inspired to learn and achieve their best, as well as prepared and equipped for their future education, employment and life.

Gilbert Ward Academy are ambitious for their children, and believe that they can overcome any barriers or challenges they may face. They have high expectations for their academic progress and attainment, as well as their personal and social development. Social and emotional learning and development is equally important as academic learning and development. 

School Name

Dr Gilbert WardWhen naming a school, Prosper Learning Trust, look for names that reflect and pay tribute to the heritage of the local area. Dr Gilbert Ward not only established public medical services in Blyth but also gave medical treatment during the terrible pit disaster at New Hartley in 1862. Dr Gilbert Ward was Medical Officer for the Tynemouth Board of Guardians; District Vaccinator; Certifying Factory Surgeon; Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths for Blyth; and latterly Chairman of the Blyth Local Board.

Dr Gilbert Ward was instrumental in establishing Blyth’s first hospital, Thomas Knight Memorial Hospital (now demolished).



Proposed Site for Gilbert Ward Academy

The new school site will be based in Blyth, in the South East area of Northumberland, on the site formerly occupied by Princess Louise First School on Princess Louise Road. The school will be a two-storey building and there is a large area of external space and the school will be well placed for other local facilities.


Planning has been approved below are some visuals of the new school. Picture3





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