Welcome to The William Henry Smith School & Sixth Form Website

We work with children and young people aged 5-19 across a broad spectrum of social, emotional and mental health challenges and use our knowledge, experience and expertise to help them ‘become the best they can be’. Common diagnoses and learner profiles amongst our students include ADHD, PDA, FASD, ASC, Trauma and Attachment Disorder. William Henry Smith is based over two sites.

We are proud to have received an Ofsted judgement of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas across the school (November 2023) and have been Ofsted Outstanding for 19 consecutive inspections.

We primarily offer Day and Residential Education/Care to boys over four nights a week from our school in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, although we can also accommodate flexible Extended Day placements and bespoke learning pathways in our specialist environment. We provide a 24 hour, integrated curriculum with sensory strategies, communication interventions, exceptional therapeutic services and family outreach.  Improving Quality of Life underpins all our work.

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Our Key Principles

‘Becoming the best you can be’ is at the heart of all we do within the Smith Foundation.
A trauma informed and responsive organisation, we want our children and young adults to be happy and healthy, to grow, learn, play and thrive.

Providing a nurturing and hopeful place of belonging, safety, and support, we teach our boys that anything is possible, helping them to achieve their dreams and quality of life.

A culture of high aspiration and relentless positivity, our young people are equipped with the values, resilience, and independence to make a positive contribution, engaging successfully, and making the transitions into adulthood. With a sense of security and safety, identity, well-being, and health.


Sue Ackroyd
CEO/Executive Principal

International Centre of Excellence

The school functions as a mutually beneficial community, where staff and students experience everyday life alongside each other (we raise thousands of pounds each year for our chosen charities). We are passionate and committed to sharing our practice and providing school to school support. Further publications, conference appearances, teaching commitments and research related to ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma are current projects.

Beyond our doorstep, the school has a presence as a national and international centre of excellence within the SEN sector. We regularly present at conferences and universities in the fields of Education and Mental Health. Our Creative Psychotherapy team has a wealth of experience in working with complex and developmental trauma. We are heavily involved with national memberships such as Engage, and NASS and have been active in setting up and hosting the NASS Teaching and Learning peer review group across the North. We make a valuable contribution, including consultancy, specialist training and support to schools requiring improvement and, advice to other social care provisions locally, regionally and nationally.

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 by completing our WHSS Parents Questionnaire

We also value feedback and appreciate compliments from professionals and visitors via our online feedback form

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







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