Principal's Welcome


            J Howson Welcome


 A very warm welcome to Furness School which is currently being managed by Lilac Sky Schools in partnership with Kent County Council. Lilac Sky Schools runs a range of Schools and Academies across the UK, a number of which are in Kent.

Following our recent Ofsted inspection we are pleased to announce that we are out of Special Measures and have been judged as 'Requires Improvement' overall with Leadership and Management rated as 'Good'. The inspection report stated that "Employing Lilac Sky Schools' motto of 'flooding the place with positivity', the principal has led the continuing, and at times dramatic improvement of the school with unwavering determination. In this she is supported by a strong senior leadership team and increasingly effective middle leaders."

It was also noted that much of the teaching 'is now good', with parents speaking 'warmly of the support they and their children have received from the school'. The report also comments on the changes that we have made to the subjects on offer which 'mean that students are provided with a range of learning experiences that are well suited to their needs and aspirations and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development'.  If you would like to read the report in full please click on the link provided.

We welcome visits to the school and would be happy to give you a tour by prior appointment.


Jill Howson



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A school for everyone


Furness School is a community special school that offers education for residential as well as day students with high functioning children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Although we still have a number of students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD). These difficulties may manifest themselves in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD).

At Furness School we emphasise traditional standards of good manners, socially acceptable behaviour and mutual respect, whilst providing a relevant, varied and interesting education.

We are in a fortunate position of being able to combine our curricular activities with very high care standards which enables our students to take their place in society and the workplace of the 21st Century.

Ofsted Report


View the results of our latest Ofsted inspection.