Referrals: 0800 0246 985
Enquiries:  020 3823 3030
Referrals: 0800 0246 985
Enquiries:  020 3823 3030

To make a direct referral please contact:
Wings School Cumbria ~ Principal: Donagh McKillop
    01539 562006 01539 564811

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The pupils are supported by a team of educational staff which include teachers and learning support assistants all of who offer a nurturing approach to learning.  The staff can also call in the expertise of both clinical and educational psychology to offer support for each child or young person.  The education team is matched by a care team, managed by a Registered Manager, Deputy and both day and night care workers. 

The Ofsted Education Report from June 2017 said: "Teachers have high expectations and they plan activities that enable pupils to make good progress."

Donagh McKillopDonagh McKillop

Donagh is an experienced Principal in the SEBD sector having previously led and managed a large residential school and more recently was instrumental in the opening of a new SEBD day school in Liverpool.

He places the success of working within this sector as listening to and acting upon the views of young people, staff, parents/carers and placing authorities and has always ensured that young people are offered an education that will best prepare them for the future.

Donagh has additional experience of holding positions as Deputy Head and Head of Residential Services.

Outside of work he is an ordained Deacon within the Archdiocese of Liverpool, allowing him to empathise and understand the needs of families and children.

Donagh is also a Governor in an oversubscribed secondary school and a local primary school in Liverpool.


Tracey HillTracey Hill
Registered Manager

Tracey became Registered Manager at Wings Cumbria in November 2016, following on from an Interim Deputy Head of Care position within the Kedleston Group. She has 30 years’ experience working with children and young people in residential settings with a variety of needs ranging from emotional and behavioural difficulties, physical and learning disabilities and ASD. Tracey has worked in short term emergency intervention services to longer term children’s homes including more recently a residential school.

She has held a Registered Managers Position for the most part of the last  14 years, with 4 years as a Senior Residential Manager. Tracey is also a NVQ Assessor and a Family Group Conference Facilitator.

As Registered Manager my aim is to ensure that all young people feel safe, happy and settled. 


Rowan KnaptonRowan Knapton
Deputy Head Teacher

Rowan joined Wings School in January 2011 following working in mainstream schools throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. During his time in mainstream Rowan had additional responsibility for the induction of new members of staff and mentoring PGCE students.

He believes the success of Wings is down to the flexibility and hard work of the staff team to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the young people. The curriculum allows young people to access a range of educational environments and develop skills in numerous areas that help prepare them for a working life. He is extremely proud of the curriculum but is always looking to improve it further.

Outside of work he enjoys an active lifestyle; Rowan is a keen mountain biker and enjoys taking advantage of the countryside and the trails around the area whether that is on his bike or on foot. Rowan is also a good golfer and enjoys playing the different courses around the area.

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