TEL : 01229 837258

  MOB : 07572591124


We support young people aged 11-17 to progress and succeed in their education and employment.
We support young people aged 11-17 years with a maximum number of 12 students to progress and succeed in their education.

Moorfield Independent School Inspection Report

Moorfield Learning Centre Student Handbook


We are a small Independent School based at Moorfield Street in Barrow-inFurness. We support young people aged 11-17 with a maximum number of 12 students to progress and succeed in their education and employment.

We do this through high quality learning programmes based on effective relationships that enable the achievement of life skills, meaningful and recognised qualifications. We have extensive experience working with young people who are looked after and that have had challenges within their education provision.

We celebrated 2 year 12 students leaving after receiving excellent GCSE results, who are now enjoying their first year at Kendal College

Our recent donation made to Barrow Foodbank from C2B walk that

staff and students did from Moorfield


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Moorfield Independent School is proud to announce we are now a registered independent school registered for 12 students.

Our learning programmes are designed to:
Re-engage young people at risk of exclusion from their mainstream education or PRU or have low attendance
Improve academic attainment, behaviour, self-confidence and self esteem
Set achievable goals and celebrate success
Develop a young person’s skill for entry into employment or further education


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Exciting news – ‘Moorfield has achieved the Bronze award with Unicef in becoming a Rights Respecting School’.


We help young people to re-engage with learning, focusing on English, Maths, ICT, building positive and healthy relationships, improving the young person’s emotional resilience and enhancing their skills to make positive choices. We provide a safe place to learn and achieve, in an environment where they feel valued, cared for and feel they belong.

The qualifications and courses we offer:


  • Functional skills level 1 English Maths and ICT
  • Functional skills level 2 English Maths and ICT
  • B.Tec Level 1 award in Jamie Oliver Home cooking skills
  • B.Tec level 2 award in Jamie Oliver Home cooking skills
  • Asdan Excelsis Award foundation, intermediate and advanced level
  • Asdan bronze, silver and gold award
  • Asdan Key steps
  • Asdan University Award-post 16
  • Duke of Edinburgh award
  • John Muir award
  • Bronze and Silver Arts award
  • GCSE Qualifications in Maths, English, Science and History
  • NCFE CACHE level 1 certificate in Caring for Children
  • NCFE CACHE level 2 certificate for Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)
  • NCFE level 1 Award Photography
  • NCFE level 2 Certificate Photography
  • BTEC First Level 1 and 2 Health and Social Care
Asdan online level 1


  • Sports and fitness
  • Sex and relationship
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Living independently
  • Leadership
  • PSHE
  • Computing
  • Citizenship
  • History
  • Animal Care
  • English
  • Maths
  • Hospitality
  • Hair and Beauty
Courses delivered at Moorfield 


  • Certificate in risk and resilience
  • Certificate in health and nutrition
  • Certificate in personal safety
  • Safeguarding and CSE level 1
Non-accredited learning and enrichment includes:


  • Excursions and visits
  • Art therapy
  • Work experience placement support
  • Behaviour change programme


“I am extremely happy with my son’s progress at Moorfield. He seems like a completely different child. He’s happier, more engaged and will often come home and share what he has done each day. it is such a change from the anxious, depressed person he was before he moved to Moorfiel. Thank you so much to all the staff.”

If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints about our school, visit our contact page where you will get our contact details and also get access to our complaints policy which you can download in a PDF file.

Moorfield Independent School is now an accredited school registered with Kidsafe.

Admissions Statement and Referral


All children are entitled to a Full Time Equivalent Education. MLC works in partnership with LA’s to provide this with children missing from education(CME) to fulfil the statutory entitlement and guidance.

We work in partnership with  the LA and have a number of students who are dual registered through other schools.


The continuity of education is important for young people to ensure equality, continuity of engagement and inclusion. Following a referral being received at Moorfield to the start of provision for the young person concerned will be no more than 5 days.

Our referral process involves a thorough assessment and planning procedure with the relevant professionals enabling staff to develop an effective individual education plan with the young person. We will endeavour to work closely with families throughout the referral and assessment process to ensure engagement and support is encouraged.

A risk assessment will be requested from the current education provision.

Contact details


Rachel Arts – Operations Manager:
Central email address: moorfieldlearningcentre@gmail

Dave Cubiss – Headteacher;
01229 837258
Head of Centre Address; Moorfield Learning Centre, Moorfield Street, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9RS

Safeguarding Young People





Safeguarding and protecting young people


All staff will be trained to level 2 in safeguarding and receive regular training to ensure their knowledge and awareness is kept up to date in line with the ‘Working Together’ and LSCB procedures.

Moorfield learning centre will ensure appropriate filters and monitoring systems are in place to ensure young people can use online resources safely. All young people accessing Moorfield will receive regular training and guidance on staying safe online.

Consent will be requested from the young person’s parent or carer to enable them to attend educational visits and excursions.

Each young person will receive their own handbook which are designed by other young people to explain the behaviour expectations at Moorfield and consequences. It will clearly describe who they can access support from and how to provide feedback or make a complaint. There are also appropriate systems in place to enable parents, carers and professionals to provide feedback, suggestions and have access to the complaints procedure.

We are happy to provide meals for the young people’s lunch at a cost of £3.00 per day. This meal will consist of a healthy and nutritious lunch and drink. If the young person is working towards the Jamie Oliver level 1 or 2 qualification they may choose to eat the meal they have made for their lunch or take it home.


Rewarding Positive Behaviour





Rewarding Positive Behaviour


We believe we have extensive experience of delivering high quality support services to young people and their families who have complex needs, relationship difficulties and may have poor emotional and mental health. We feel we have the creative innovative skills to engage individuals irrespective of their social and economic difficulties into education and training programmes which will develop and enhance their physical and social needs, communication skills, emotional and mental health, their educational achievements and aspirations.

Achievements and recognising positive behaviour will be rewarded thoroughly monthly and termly excursion visits which will offer the young people new experiences and social opportunities to engage into society and community events.

Each young person attending Moorfield will receive a learner’s handbook, which will explain the behaviour expectations, health and safety procedures, complaints and suggestion protocol and details of all courses and activities that are offered at Moorfield.


Leadership and Management





Leadership and Management


There is extensive management experience at Moorfield that will ensure the learning centre operates safely and effectively. Rachel Arts is the Operations Manager and is closely support by Hilary Southward the Director, who are both registered with Ofsted and hold relevant qualifications within the learning and education sector.

The high staff ratio enables young people to receive all the support they need. All staff and volunteers are recruited and trained in line with safer recruitment guidelines, including enhanced DBS. They will all have had experience and relevant qualifications working with young people.

We also provide wrap around support services for each young person which includes family intervention and mediation by our qualified mediators.

We have a comprehensive quality assurance strategy which works in conjunction with personalised extended curriculum standard identified by Cumbria Children’s Services and qualifies the centre to maintain accreditation with Pearson and Asdan.

All staff are trained in therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI), which is a behaviour managing therapy support mechanism educating the practice of healthy coping skills for young people in distress through situational counselling.

Each staff member will have their own CPD portfolio and will receive mandatory annually training in safeguarding, CSE, health and safety, fire awareness, food hygiene and TCI. The designated leads for safeguarding are Hilary Southward and Rachel Arts.

If a young person requires specialist support which will enhance their learning in a more specialised way then Moorfield will support this process

Health and Safety





Health and Safety


Health and safety is about taking a sensible and proportionate approach to ensure the premises provide a healthy and safe place for all who use them, including the education staff team, visitors, young people and their families.

The centre has a newly fitted fire alarm system and all staff will be trained in fire awareness safety. There are clear systems, risk assessments and policies in place that identify the health and safety of individuals and the building.

At Moorfield health and well- being will be promoted within the young person’s learning experience and activities.

Moorfield will work closely with Barrow Borough Council Environmental Department to ensure standards are met when delivering food hygiene.

There are a number of risk assessments in place at Moorfield but not every activity is covered within a risk assessment so we will ask all Education staff to complete a health and safety checklist when delivering education sessions. The results and findings from completed checklists will provide a useful resource to the management team when reviewing their whole risk assessments.


Childrens’ Home
Abbey Lodge Children’s home became registered with OFSTED on 07/12/2011.
Independent School

Moorfield learning centre is an Independent School  for young people aged 11-17 who need additional support

Our mediation service can help individuals find peaceful solutions to conflicts and relationship difficulties
Moorfield learning centre
Moorfield Street
Barrow In Furness
LA13 9RS
Tel: 01229 837258
Mob: 07872055823

Registered school URN number 145465

URN number for Abbey Lodge SC436826