Northleigh House School, located between Hatton and Warwick in Warwickshire is a registered charity (1135483), only established since 2012, that takes in secondary school aged children who have been forced to drop out of mainstream education due to bullying or complex emotional vulnerability issues.
The school was set up by a retired couple, Viv & Fred Morgan, who felt compelled to act after reading about a 14 year old girl who committed suicide due to bullying by text message. The school is located in Fred & Viv's house and now has 20 children and 25 full and part-time members of teaching staff.
Viv & Fred were recently presented with a 'Special Recognition' award by Bruce Forsyth at the Pride of Britain awards shown on ITV earlier this month. Viv, alongside a former Northleigh school pupil, has also been interviewed by Philip & Holly on "This Morning" due to receiving this award.
On the back of this fantastic publicity and recognition, Northleigh House School received upwards of 60 nationwide enquiries from desperate parents looking for advice and help with their children, who each had their own story to tell.
Sadly, although Northleigh House School receives some funding from the local education authority to cover overheads and staffing costs, the school relies heavily on fundraising to subsidise their outgoings.
Viv & Fred's next goal is to create a legacy that will protect the future of the school and ensure that no child is turned away from its doors.