Welcome

A warm welcome to the Northern House Academy’s website.  

We are a special school for pupils who have been identified as having Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties.  All our pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) therefore SEND is at the centre of everything that we do at the school.

Our history

Northern House was built in 1824 and has a long history of being an educational establishment for pupils with special and additional needs dating back to 1840. Northern House School officially opened in 1938. 

Since 1938 the school has continued to grow in terms of size and rationale. In 1972 there were 43 pupils on roll. This increased to 53 in 1963 and to 88 in 2014. The school was at risk of closure in the late 1970s, but a successful campaign led to the school remaining open.

Although the main house and stable block, built around 1824 and now listed, still provide teaching accommodation, the school has seen a reasonable amount of building over the past decade. In 2004 a new hall and two classrooms were built to increase capacity by one class, and to provide a hall fit for purpose. The demolition of 3 temporary classrooms in 2011 led to the erection and opening of a two-storey block, providing accommodation of five classrooms, a library, a SEND base, a music room and a purpose-built food technology room. This development has provided pupils with a spacious, bespoke learning environment. Northern House School is renowned for its expertise in the management and support of pupils with SEMH.

On 1st February 2020, Northern House Academy joined The Gallery Trust – a multi-academy trust based in Oxfordshire.  The Gallery Trust is dedicated to providing outstanding education and support for young people with SEND. The Trust currently consists of four Oxfordshire special schools:  Iffley Academy, Bardwell School, Orion Academy and Northern House Academy.

Latest News

Christmas Celebrations

Dear Parents and Carers Please find below flyer about our Christmas Celebrations. Your child will also bring home a paper copy. We would like to give children some chocolate...


School reopening

Dear Parents and Carers School will be re-opening on Friday 20th November and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school. Please remember that if your child shows...


Christmas Card

We are running a competition to design a Christmas Card for the school!