About Us

Find out all about George Hastwell School

Meet the Head

Welcome to the George Hastwell School website and thank you for taking the time to visit our site.

On these pages you will find a wide range of information about our school, what we offer and what life is like here for our students.

George Hastwell is  a 2 - 19 special school located on Walney Island, serving the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness and much of the Furness Peninsular.

All of our pupils have severe or profound learning difficulties, and some have associated complex needs.

Our pupils are talented and enthusiastic, and we have high expectations for them.


We aim to develop them as individuals, and to foster independence throughout the curriculum and beyond. We provide practical learning opportunities in and around the school and in the community to help learners to apply and generalise their skills. 

I hope that you find this website useful, but should you require any further information or would like to arrange a school visit please contact us at admin@georgehastwell.org.uk

Karen Baxter


At GHS, we want our pupils to reach their full potential. This also involves helping them to develop into positive members of our community. In order to achieve this we have developed our Values based Education. 

Our Values:
•    Respect
•    Fairness
•    Kindness
•    Pride
•    Responsibility
•    Resilience


Our goal is to permeate these core values into every aspect of our school; underpinning our curriculum and our ethos. In doing this we aim to develop our pupils understanding of their local communities and the wider community of Britain. 

Britain is diverse in cultures, beliefs and ethnic backgrounds. We want our pupils to understand this and develop a greater level of respect for everyone they meet. We strive for our pupils to appreciate that difference and diversity can be a positive thing, and to respect and protect that belief. 

Our Values based Education creates in our pupils an awareness of how to Value themselves and Value each other.

Headteacher: Mrs Karen Baxter



Moor Tarn La, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 3LW

Tel: 01229 475253

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George Hastwell School is part of The Queen Katherine Multi-Academy Trust, an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee.

It is registered in England and Wales under the Company Number: 7472799 VAT Number: 113 3357 50