Shaftoe Road

Phone: 0191 5280440



Sunningdale School is the only school in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, for children aged 2-11 with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties including Autism. This encompasses a wide range of learning difficulties, disabilities, syndromes and disorders. Sunningdale School also caters for children with a range of Physical Difficulties and Speech, Language and Communication Needs in addition to any cognitive difficulties they may have.

At Sunningdale School we adopt a holistic approach to each child’s development. We develop highly individualised Personalised Learning Plans based around their needs in the areas of Cognition and Learning; Communication and Interaction; Social, Emotional and Mental Health; and Sensory and Physical Needs. All of these areas are developed simultaneously, rather than in isolation, and classroom based staff are supported by a range of professionals* to ensure that skills in these areas are constantly being reinforced.

We have a range of specialist environments at Sunningdale School including a hydrotherapy pool and a range of sensory environments. We also have a number of bespoke environments such as a forest school area, comic book library and Lego therapy room.

Where appropriate we also offer ‘Dual Placements’ where a child might attend a mainstream school for specific sessions and ourselves for particular interventions or teaching.
*For example, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists and Educational Psychologists.