Welcome to Finch Woods Academy


Fantastic News!

Finch Woods Academy has been shortlisted for a national award of “Alternative Provision School of the Year”, this category includes Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units and we have made it to the shortlist of the top 8 in the country. We are invited to an awards ceremony in London on 22nd June 2018 and a reception at the House of Commons on the 5th June 2018. Please click here to view the press release provided by TES.

SEND Provision of the Year 

It’s official, Finch Woods Academy  has been awarded SEND PROVISION OF THE YEAR at the prestigious Educate Awards 2017.

Our staff team went to a glittering awards ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Friday 17th November 2017 and we were delighted to be announced as winners against a strong field of Schools from across the North West of England.

A huge thanks to all staff for their consistent efforts in School and thanks to all parents/carers for supporting us in our work with pupils.

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Finch Woods Academy is a good school!

Here at Finch Woods we have some excellent news to celebrate, OFSTED have rated us as good in all areas.  The inspection was carried out on 20-21st June 2017 and all pupils behaved impeccably. We would like to send a huge thanks to all pupils, parents and staff for representing the school so well and further thanks to all parents/carers for your continued support. Finch Woods Academy Final Ofsted report 2017






Headteacher’s Welcome

We would like to welcome you to Finch Woods Academy, an Award Winning 11-16 specialist school for pupils with social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties. Situated in Halewood we serve the communities of Knowsley including Huyton, Kirkby and Prescot as well as neighbouring boroughs.

We aim to provide the highest quality teaching and learning opportunities along with personalised care and support to provide all pupils with the chance to gain qualifications, social skills and self confidence for a happy and fulfilling future.

Many pupils come to us in crisis after experiencing significant educational difficulties, long periods of non-attendance, exclusions and disengagement. We are skilled at building positive relationships with pupils displaying challenging behaviour and work exceptionally hard to break down barriers to learning and give all pupils the chance to achieve.

Pupils have the opportunity to achieve a range of GCSE’s, BTEC and functional skills qualifications with us and are supported to plan for post 16 learning.

The school is vibrant and lively with many extra-curricular and SMSC events taking place throughout the year including the Finch Woods Pledge, recent residential visits have taken place to London, Barcelona, Colomendy and Krakow. Please take a look around our website.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact the School.

Laura Dickinson Headteacher

“The Academy is a rich and stimulating learning environment”

D.Smith, Educational Consultant Autumn 2016

“There is a strong focus on the promotion of fundamental British Values”

D.Smith, Educational Consultant Autumn 2016

Welcome to Finch Woods Academy Video

With thanks to the pupils and staff of Finch Woods Academy for filming, editing and starring in this video.


Welcome to Finch Woods Academy from Finch Woods on Vimeo.