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Moorland School
Ribblesdale Avenue, BB7 2JA, UK Clitheroe
+44 (0)1200 423833


Moorland is a UK co-educational boarding and day school situated in Clitheroe, Lancashire. We are a small vibrant school with superb facilities. Moorland School has a family atmosphere combined with small class sizes.


Our classes are very small and this unique aspect of our school helps to build a special relationship between teacher and pupils, producing consistently good results. Our academic staff take their role as mentors and motivators very seriously and this produces a strong work ethic.

Children from all backgrounds will gain from the Moorland experience. Moorland takes the "family" approach to boarding and tries to provide a stable substitute for family life. In fact we aim to complement family life since we offer opportunities not found in the home. Extra-curricular academic and leisure activities add an extra dimension to the life of the boarder. Living away from home develops a measure of independence with the resultant increase in self-confidence. As a result the child learns many of life's lessons at an early stage and emerges better able to withstand the strains and stresses of adult life.

We are a non-selective school, although we would ask that pupils are achieving the expected levels in the national curriculum. Our intake has always been broad because we have more to offer than academic excellence. Our main criteria are that the child is well behaved and is willing to learn and be part of the school community.


Our small school atmosphere and family ethos make Moorland poles apart from other impersonal large boarding schools. We constantly strive to harmonise home and school life. Boarding offers an excellent opportunity for parents to settle children in one school rather than being continually moved from school to school. Moorland offers several boarding options:

  • Full boarding
  • Weekly boarding (pupils go home at the weekend)
  • Flexible boarding which can cater for changing family circumstances.
We take boarders from the age of 8 years to 16 years. We have capacity for around 63 boarders.


The nursery school adheres to the Foundation stage of the curriculum. Children in the nursery follow carefully structured activities with friendly qualified staff. The emphasis is on learning through play and the children have access to a wide variety of equipment and resources.

The nursery school unit is split into four distinct sections:

  • Messy play – including painting, playdough, cutting & sticking
  • Soft play and ball pool
  • Story corner
  • Main nursery room
It includes also Baby Unit (3 months – 1 year), Toddler Unit (1 – 2 years) and Kindergarten 1 (3 – 3 years 9 months) and Kindergarten 2 (3 years 9 months – 4)


Our prep school is housed in a new 4000 sq ft classroom block consisting of six classrooms and a large assembly and music area. The children follow the best aspects of traditional education within Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum; particular emphasis is placed on numeracy and literacy.

Our small class sizes allow every child to read to the teacher on a daily basis, something that is impossible to achieve in large schools with correspondingly large class sizes.

Bursaries are available for children who attend the Nursery or Kindergarten and continue into the Preparatory years.


The Senior School follows the criteria set down in the National Curriculum. Whilst we fully support its content we also believe in retaining the best traditional approaches and values in the education of our pupils, in order for them to become well rounded individuals.

Our broad based curriculum places a high priority on numeracy and literacy. Every child is given a chance to shine within small teaching groups. There is no streaming or setting in the early years as we feel that all our pupils should have identical opportunities, specialisation is left as late as possible so that career decisions are not made at too early a stage.

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