About Our Special School


We are a small, nursery to 19, local authority run special school in the north west corner of Derbyshire.  We cater for children and young adults with a whole range of needs, particularly those with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), communication difficulties, and those with extremely challenging behaviour linked to their associated learning difficulties.

Most pupils at Peak work outside the National Curriculum and we are proud to offer an individualised curriculum which is built around our four key areas:

  • Physical and Movement
  • Emotional and Expressive Arts
  • Accessing the World and Communication
  • Knowledge and Know-how

We are located in a beautiful, rural environment in the village of Chinley, where we make full use of the local amenities and make a point of filling our curriculum with outdoor activities.

We also have a number of specialist on-site facilities and services:

  • Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Sensory rooms and Sensory Garden
  • Fully equipped kitchen / catering learning environment for our post-16 pupils
  • On site nurse, physiotherapist and speech and language therapists

Our location in north west Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District, means we are also accessible for pupils who may live in Cheshire, Stockport, Tameside (Greater Manchester) and also Sheffield.

We are currently Ofsted rated ‘Good’ – with outstanding for Behaviour and Welfare – and we are working hard to ensure we achieve outstanding results in our next inspection.



Every pupil can fulfil their potential within the unique PEAK curriculum, making learning motivating and relevant. This will be achieved through team work, dedication, patience and respect. We encourage our pupils, families and others to be involved every step of the way.

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Unique people, individualised approach