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Welcome to The Dales School

The Dales School is a Local Authority, all age specialist school for cognition and learning with a Good Ofsted report, located in North Yorkshire.

Headteacher’s message

Welcome to our website, and to The Dales School.
We are a 2 – 19 school in Morton-on-Swale, near Northallerton, for children and young people with severe, and profound and multiple learning disabilities. Our sixth form also offers provision for young people with moderate learning difficulties, most of whom join us from Mowbray School in Bedale.

Our provision is rooted in a person centred holistic approach, ensuring that our students and pupils feel safe, supported and able to progress towards the next stage of their lives with staff who know them well, who champion their rights and celebrate all of their achievements in whatever form they may take. Our students and pupils are the key stakeholders in their futures and as such their voice is at the heart of all that we do. Visitors to the school comment upon the positive atmosphere and the quality of relationships between pupils and staff, which are vital to the very best outcomes for all of our children and young people.

I do hope that you enjoy reading about the school and all that we offer, and I would be more than happy to welcome you to the school for a visit. We are a most welcoming community and we look forward to seeing you.


Ann-Marie Ellis

A tour of The Dales School

School Closure Information

In case we have to close the school please check here on the website. You can also listen to the following radio stations: BBC Radio Tees, Star Radio, Heart Radio & TFM Radio.

Minibus Appeal

The Dales School supports children and young people to access a range of off site learning opportunities in their local and wider community, and we need a new minibus to enable us to continue with this vital aspect of our curriculum. We are working hard to raise as...

Latest Ofsted Report

We are delighted to share our latest OFSTED report following a full inspection in April 2019.

Information & Queries

If you have any queries or you need any information that you can’t find here, please contact Rachael Galbraith, Receptionist on (01609) 772932 or use our enquiry form.

If you require any paper copies of the information on our school website, please let us know and we are happy to provide this free of charge to parents and carers.

Where We Are

The Dales School