01484 710 123

Contact us

Follow Us

“You clearly have a lot of experience in your field and this shows through your provision of education and care” Doncaster Children’s Commissioning Officer “The overall experiences and progress of children and young people is outstanding” – Ofsted “The quality of care and support is outstanding” – Ofsted “Outstanding again… fantastic school with amazing staff, my son is loved and cared for and has been given such brilliant opportunities” Parent “Amazing school with dedicated, caring staff who genuinely believe in the boys” Parent

............. Welcome to our School Website ............


We are a Residential Special School based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Most boys reside with us four nights of the week, although we do have some extended day places. Our purpose is to meet the needs of boys between the ages of 7 – 19 years, who experience social, emotional and mental health needs. We also meet additional needs that relate to Specific Learning Challenges and common diagnoses amongst our boys include ADHD and Autism.

At The William Henry Smith School we aim to create a caring, secure, stimulating and flexible learning environment which serves to provide every child, through success and achievement, the health, safety and engagement opportunities needed to thrive.

We have at our core "REACH"

  • Relationships
  • Environment
  • Achievement
  • Community
  • Happiness

And we provide

  • Education up to GCSE
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Outstanding Residential Care - OFSTED
  • An integrated 24 hour curriculum
  • Personalised learning pathways
  • Specialist approaches to meeting complex needs
  • Therapeutic family support
  • Mental Health interventions
  • Bespoke Post 16 packages
  • Excellent outcomes and destinations
  • A significant Social Return on Investment

We prepare our young people for adulthood through the teaching of skills and attitudes which will enable them to participate fully in society and give them the foundations to become lifelong learners.

Learning by achievement underpins everything we do at The William Henry Smith School, as we all endeavour to do our maximum to help each other succeed to the best of our ability.

The William Henry Smith School recently achieved the Investors in People Bronze Level Award, Food for Life Partnership Gold Award and International Eco Schools Award. We also have an "Ofsted outstanding" rating.

We hope you find our website informative and engaging. If you have any questions about our website or School, then please call us on 01484 710 123, or visit our contact us page for full details.

We invite parents and carers of students to provide us with feedback on our school by completing our WHSS Parents Questionnaire.  You can either do this by completing it online here or by downloading a pdf version here.



Click here to see our most recent Ofsted report  




 Give your views

Parents and carers can give their views of our school to Ofsted by completing their Parent View Questionnaire.  Just click on the image below and follow the instructions.  You can also see what other parents/carers think about our school.



 Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection/PROTECT

If you have any concerns relating to your child’s health and wellbeing you can pass these on via the school telephone number or refer them on the form below.  The school’s Child Protection/Safeguarding leads can also be contacted as follows:

Sue Ackroyd: sue.ackroyd@whsschool.org.uk 

Ann Ashton: ann.ashton@whsschool.org.uk

Concern form 

If you are at all worried that your child may be being radicalised by attempts from influential groups you can also raise your concern on the above form or by emailing Sue or Ann directly. Please see the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which may help you to spot possible signs; please be aware that the examples on their own do not mean a child has indeed been radicalised and any concerns should always be referred to your designated safeguarding leads (Sue Ackroyd/Ann Ashton) or directly to the Police or your child’s Social Worker.

The Thinkuknow Parents and Carers website also contains a wealth of information, guidance and support for worried parents.

There is specific guidance for anyone who fears that their child has been a victim of online sexual exploitation or abuse.  To visit their website please click here. 

William Henry Smith School News

News Page »


Drone Footage:

Latest Calendar Events

There are currently no events.

Calendars page(s): Calendar >>

Latest Newsletters

  • 04 May 2017
    April Newsletter

    WHSS latest update on Ofsted, World Book Day, Triathlon and many more exciting events

  • 28 Mar 2017
    WHSS Easter 2017

  • 28 Feb 2017
    Spring 2017

    WHSS Spring Update on Events and What's Happening School.

  • 13 Feb 2017
    News Issue 40

    Darkest Classroom, Easter Fayre, Duke of Edinburgh,

  • 13 Feb 2017
    News Issue 41

    Conquering Snowden/Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Sports Day and Prize Giving