WELCOME TO NUNNYKIRK CENTRE FOR DYSLEXIA

Nunnykirk School is a Department for Education approved, non-maintained special school for pupils with dyslexia.

About Us

Since 1977 we have provided for the educational and social needs of boys and girls of average or above average intelligence who experience specific learning difficulties primarily dyslexia.

We admit pupils between the ages of 9 and 18 years on a day-only or a weekly boarding basis (Monday-Thursday). We now have both boys and girls boarding - in separate dormitories, naturally! Pupils come from both the local area and further afield including Scotland, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Midlands - the school being the only one of its kind between Glasgow and Birmingham. Day students are collected each day and are returned to Morpeth station. This journey takes about 30 minutes.

We offer a wide ranging curriculum which caters specifically for children with dyslexia using teaching methods which have proved very successful particularly in key subjects such as Literacy and Maths.

The school has also grown an excellent reputation for the quality of its creative arts achievements, in particular photography, in which a number of former pupils have pursued as successful careers.

  • Nunnykirk is a centre for dyslexia and aims to be a Centre of Excellence.
  • Nunnykirk School has consistently received very positive Ofsted reports.
  • Nunnykirk School is a school for dyslexia – that has provided targeted education for 40 years.
  • Nunnykirk School provides a friendly and supportive environment for pupils with dyslexia.

Our Team

Barry Frost

Barry Frost

Head Teacher

Well, I've only been here as Head teacher since Sept 2015, and in that short time I've just been so proud of every member of our community, whether students, parents, staff, governors or others we work with. Nunnykirk is a very special place with a heart of gold. READ MORE

Alison Moon

Alison Moon

Secretary

Hi, I’m Ms Moon and I would like to offer you a warm welcome to the Nunnykirk School website. All the information you need to know about our fantastic School can be found here, however, please call me in the School Office or drop me an email at any time. READ MORE

Jeff Hodgson

Jeff Hodgson

Teacher

Mr Hodgson’s interests are Photography and Fine Art, travel, computers and music. Somehow he has managed to work in most of these at Nunnykirk! People are sure that he has taught at other schools, perhaps also in a museum, he likes Ancient History ... READ MORE

Andrew Hooton

Andrew Hooton

Senior Teacher

I’ve been reaching Science for 15 years, 10 of them at Nunnykirk. Prior to that I worked for the local Wildlife Trust in Otter Conservation and Urban Wildlife Projects. I also teach IT and PE/Games and have tutored Mathematics up to GCSE. READ MORE

Alex Blackburn

Alex Blackburn

Senior Teacher

I was lucky enough to join the teaching team at Nunnykirk 6 years ago after travelling around the UK and abroad. I am SENCo and also teach Hospitality and Catering, English, RE and Geography. I am SENCo and also teach Hospitality ... READ MORE

Ruth Gorbould

Ruth Gorbould

Teacher

I teach English, Maths, History, Art, PE, Rural Studies and PHSE to the Juniors and Inters as well as teaching History up to Year 9. I am also responsible for Medicine Administration within the school.

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Teacher

I have been at Nunnykirk for 17 years and teach Maths which I enjoy and I try to pass this on to my students. Maths is a very enjoyable subject when approached in the correct way (27 years teaching Maths and I still find it fun!). READ MORE

Graham Patton

Graham Patton

Teacher

I teach two days a week at Nunnykirk with Design & Technology being my specialism.

Maggie Gray

Maggie Gray

House Parent

Hi, I’m Maggie, joint House Parent to the boarders, along with Mr Gray (my partner in crime!) I have been at Nunnykirk for almost 3 years (feels like longer!) previously as catering manager, and before that, catering assistant. READ MORE

Steve Gray

Steve Gray

House Parent

Hi...I'm Steve, since October 2013 I have been proud to be a part of the Nunnykirk team. I am half of the house-parenting team here at Nunnykirk. Maggie and I try our best to make the boarders feel at home here. READ MORE

Tabby Tulley

Tabby Tulley

Catering Assistant

I’m Tabby and I am the Catering Assistant at Nunnykirk. I assist Vikke in the day to day running of the kitchen and help prepare most of the meals and snacks for our pupils and staff. I am the main cook in the evening for our boarding pupils and I enjoy baking delicious treats for them to enjoy when they finish lessons.

Phillip Gorbould

Phillip Gorbould

Caretaker

I am the caretaker and groundsperson for Nunnykirk. I am responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the building as well as looking after the school grounds.

Joe Tate

Joe Tate

Cleaner

My name is Joe and I’m the cleaner at Nunnykirk.