Excellence by any measure

Expect more and achieve more

Every student has the potential to make the world a better place. Our challenge is to identify their talents, and create the platform for them to achieve.

Our staff are our greatest asset

Our skilled and dedicated staff tailor individual strategies to improve students’ trust, self-esteem and confidence.

A message from our Head of School

I am very proud to be the Head of Howard House School and I am exceptionally privileged to lead a team of truly dedicated staff, who are the lifeblood of this school. Our heritage guides us, but it is our future that will define us, as we look forward and push ourselves to go further and faster than ever before.

There is something very special about Howard House School. We are incredibly proud of our unique students, supportive parents and carers, inspirational staff, and our forward thinking School Advisory Board and Directors.

We all work together to make Howard House School a safe, happy, and fun place to learn. We encourage all of our students to achieve the best they can across every area of school, from the rich and broad curriculum to the wide range of extra-curricular activities.

I warmly invite you to visit us, to see our achievements, and experience our aspirations. Until then, this website is designed to give you an insight into who we are, here at Howard House School.

Picture of Amran Suleman, Head of School

Amran Suleman

Head of School

School Calendar

Holiday or occasion of closure
Date on which school will close
Date on which school will reopen
Summer 2022
Friday 22nd July 2022
Thursday 8th September 2022
October Half Term 2022
Friday 21 October 2022
Tuesday 1st November 2022
Christmas / New Year 2022-23
Friday 23rd December 2022
Tuesday 10th January 2023
Spring Half Term 2023
Friday 17th February 2023
Tuesday 28th February 2023
Easter 2023
Friday 31st March 2023
Tuesday 18th April 2023
Summer Half Term 2023
Friday 26th May 2023
Tuesday 6th June 2023
Summer 2023
Friday 21st July 2023
Thursday 7th September 2023

1st November 2021

Teacher Training Day

2nd November 2021

School Opens

10th November 2021

World Science Day

11th November 2021

Remembrance Day

11th November 2021

Review Day

12th November 2021

Children in Need

13th November 2021

World Kindness Day

15th November 2021

Anti Bullying Week

20th November 2021

World Children’s Day

10th December 2021

Human Rights Day

13th-17th December 2021

School Awards

17th December 2021

School closes for Christmas

24th December 2021

Christmas Eve

25th December 2021

Christmas Day

26th December 2021

Boxing Day

31st December 2021

New Year’s Eve

1st January 2022

New Year’s Day

5th January 2022

School Opens

16th January 2022

World Religion Day

17th January 2022

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day

25th January 2022

Burns Night

27th January 2022

Holocaust Memorial Day

1st February 2022

Chinese New Year

1st February 2022

LGBT+ History Month

4th February 2022

World Cancer Day

14th February 2022

Valentine’s Day

18th February 2022

School Closes for Half Term

28th February 2022

Teacher Training Day

1st March 2022

School Opens

1st March 2022

Women’s History Month

1st March 2022

Shrove Tuesday

2nd March 2022

Ash Wednesday

3rd March 2022

World Book Day

8th March 2022

International Women’s Day

10th March 2022

Review Day

14th March 2022

Pi Day

21st March 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

22nd March 2022

World Water Day

1st April 2022

Ramadan Begins

2nd April 2022

World Autism Day

7th April 2022

World Health Day

8th April 2022

School closes for Easter

15th April 2022

Good Friday

17th April 2022

Easter Sunday

18th April 2022

Easter Monday

22nd April 2022

Earth Day

22nd April 2022

Stephen Lawrence Day

23rd April 2022

St George’s Day

25th April 2022

Teacher Training Day

26th April 2022

School Opens

2nd May 2022

Bank Holiday

8th May 2022

VE Day

17th May 2022

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

18th May 2022

International Museum Day

27th May 2022

School Closes for Half Term

1st June 2022

Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller History Month

2nd June 2022

Bank Holiday

3rd June 2022

Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday

6th June 2022

Teacher Training Day

6th June 2022

Anniversary of D-Day

7th June 2022

School Opens

20th June 2022

World Refugee Day

21st June 2022

Make Music Day

10th July 2022


18th July 2022

Mandela Day

22nd July 2022

School Closes for Summer

30th July 2022

International Day of Friendship


Happy holidays; stay safe and have fun!

School Trips


  • Theatre (English)
  • Beamish (History)
  • Local food bank volunteering (DoE)
  • Life Centre. Discovering Chemistry (Science)


  • Escape room (Maths)
  • Soup kitchen – Volunteering (DoE)
  • Christmas pantomime (Christmas activity)


  • Hindu Temple (RE)
  • National Trust. Cragside (Science)
  • Theatre - Blood Brothers (English)


  • Alnwick Castle (History)
  • Alnwick Gardens (Science)
  • Renewable energy site visit (Science)


  • Seven Stories (English)
  • Barter Books (English)
  • Synagogue (Humanities)
  • Northumberland Zoo (Science)


  • Holy Island (RE)
  • Discovery Museum (History)
  • Eden Camp (History)
  • Great North Museum (Science)


  • Church visit, Easter (RE)
  • National Trust, Cragside (Science)
  • Life Centre, from Turbine to Light Bulb (Science)


  • Woodhorn museum (History)
  • Sycamore Gap (DoE)
  • Holy Island (History)


  • Visit to Mosque (RE)
  • Durham Cathedral (RE)
  • Discovery Museum (English)
  • Eden Camp (English)

Map showing the locations of Young Foundations step-down, and specialist education, services

Howard House School is proud to be part of Young Foundations

Young Foundations is an award winning organisation, providing step-down services, and specialist education, for children and young adults.

We specialise in residential step-down services for children and young people with complex needs, including autism, learning disabilities, and mental health issues.

Our creative and nurturing approach focuses on each individual and delivers a targeted programme of support specifically designed around them.