Eden School

Eden School in Macclesfield is a bespoke school offering a tailored curriculum for up to 16 pupils with autism, ADHD and/or social and emotional mental health needs.

''Pupils enjoy coming to Eden school. They receive a welcome smile when they arrive at school in the morning from staff.''

Ofsted 2024

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Head of School - Jen Lamidey

Jen (pictured) was previously the head of English at a large special school before taking this lead role.

She is passionate about finding bespoke packages for children who have previously been considered hard to reach, many of whom have been out of education.

Email address: jen.lamidey@family-care.co.uk

Our Mission Statements

“To be the best you can be”

“Healing pasts, building futures”

Name of Proprietor: Andrew O’Reilly

Head of Education: Sarah Earing

Eden School provides bespoke, individualised education for young people aged 6-16 who previously had difficulties attending school or sustaining a school placement. 

Eden is based in Macclesfield and the children attending Eden School all have EHC Plans and present with needs such as autism, social and emotional mental health needs.

Our primary goal is to help children be the best they can be.  To do this we create personalised education and behavioural plans and develop bespoke curriculums, based on a young person’s EHC Plan. This bespoke approach allows pupils who have previously struggled with education to thrive. 

Full list of Ofsted reports available here.

Number of formal complaints for year 22/23 – 0

Bespoke Curriculum

We constantly see pupils who have previously struggled in education start to thrive, with a curriculum that is based around their individual needs.

Pupils are involved in shaping their own curriculum which improves pupil engagement with their learning.  The curriculum is delivered in a cross curricular way with digital technology playing an important part.  

iPads are used regularly and film-making technologies such as ‘green screen’ and ‘stop motion animation’ are used to enhance the teaching of English.

Supporting the wellbeing of each pupil is a core part of what we do, and therapeutic approaches are integral to the culture at Eden School. 

A priority for us is to support pupils to develop their emotional literacy and social skills alongside their academic skills.  This enables pupils to begin to self-regulate their behaviours and take responsibility for their own learning.

Outdoor Education

Supporting pupils to take an active part in the wider community and to develop their life skills are important elements of our teaching.  

Learning regularly takes place outside the classroom and this serves to enhance the curriculum and support pupils to develop their social skills and self-esteem.

For more information contact Jen Lamidey – Head Teacher on 01625 501074 or email jen.lamidey@family-care.co.uk

For an early conversation regarding admissions for the upcoming term please email eden.school@family-care.co.uk

No formal complaints recorded in the year 2022/23

Eden School Policies

Term Times

Term times for Eden School are highlighted below.  For school closures or other announcements, parents will receive email notifications and texts. 

We also post updates on our Facebook page which you can follow here.

Autumn Term 2023

Open: 06 September
Close: 20 October

Half Term: 23 October to 03 November

Open: 06 November
Close: 20 December

Christmas Hols: 21 December to 02 January

Spring Term 2024

Open: 04 January
Close: 09 February

Half Term: 12 February to 16 February

Open: 19 February
Close: 22 March

Easter Hols: 25 March to 05 April

Summer Term 2024

Open: 08 April
Close: 24 May

Half Term: 27 May to 31 May

Open: 03 June
Close: 25 July

Summer Hols: 26 July 

Other Closed Dates

Bank Holidays: All bank holidays including 27 May 24 and 01 June 2024.

PD Days (x5): 04 September 2023, 05 September 23, 03 January 2024, 18 March 2024 and 26 July 2024.

PD days can take the form of days or twilight sessions. 26 July 2024  is subject to change with advanced notice.

Young person receiving SEN education in Macclesfield

Eden School

Eden School,
76 Chelford Road,
SK10 3LQ

Healing Pasts • Building Futures

Ofsted 2024

”Pupils enjoy coming to Eden school. They receive a welcome smile when they arrive at school in the morning from staff.”


After a period out of education for some pupils, they are quickly made to feel part of the Eden family. Staff take the time to get to
know pupils. They understand their special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and interests well.

Pupils behave well. They treat each member of this close-knit school community with respect. If anyone gets angry or upset, staff are well trained to deal with this calmly and effectively. This helps pupils to control their emotions so they can quickly return to their learning.

Head of Education - Sarah Earing

All our staff are highly experienced in working with children with special educational needs which impacts greatly on children’s learning in Eden’s quiet and unique setting.

We have developed the provision; through a creative, nurturing and therapeutic curriculum, tailored to each individual academic, social and emotional needs. 

Pupils are taught by qualified and highly skilled staff and they have weekly access to a therapist who works with the team to advise on our therapeutic provision.

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