About Our School

Ganton School was first built in Springhead Avenue, Hull and opened in 1978 led by Mr Jo Waller. It was designed to cater for pupils and students from Hull and the East Riding who had severe or complex learning difficulties.

In 1982 Mrs Pat Glover took over as Head Teacher and she expanded the school further, building up a popular Post 16 facility called the ‘Student Centre’ to provide ongoing education for pupils over 16 from the whole of the Humberside region.

In 2004 Kingston upon Hull City Council took responsibility for the school, whilst the East Riding remained owners of the land. This was fortunate in many ways because when the dreadful floods devastated the school in June 2007 filling the buildings with almost a metre of water, we had buildings insurance which allowed us to restore the school to its pre- flood condition with minimal fuss.

Following the flood Mrs Glover took the decision to retire and in January 2009 Mr. Ian Simpson became Head Teacher, after several years as Deputy.

The school then benefitted from the spending of public money through the Building Schools for the Future programme and is now located in a wonderfully designed, co-located secondary and Sixth Form provision alongside Sirius Academy in the west of the city, with primary pupils, co-located with Christopher Pickering Primary School; a short walk from the secondary site.

The Ganton Secondary and Sixth Form opened for pupils in September 2011 and was formally opened by Mrs. Marion Wrightson MBE on 27th September 2011. Marion has been a long standing friend and Governor of the school and many pupils have benefitted from her support with literacy over the years. The new co-located Ganton Primary phase opened in September 2012 within The Compass building which also houses Christopher Pickering Primary School,Tiny Tots Nursery and The Windmill Children’s Centre.

In January 2013 Mrs. Sue Jones took over from the retiring Ian Simpson as Headteacher and in 2015 we pioneered joint provision for SLD Outreach services and Post 16 Pathways, along with other special schools. In February 2015 Ganton School converted to an academy as part of the ICA School’s Partnership and this lasted until 1st September 2017 when the school became a founder member of the Humber Education Trust, a multi academy trust consisting of 9 primary and two special schools.

In January 2018 a new chapter in the life of the school began with Mr Eddy Wharton at the helm and Mr Alec Young as his Deputy. Alec has a wealth of experienced, garnered from a range of SEMH and SEN settings across the city and Eddy has been a member of the Ganton Family since April 2006 and worked his way up from teacher, to Phase leader to Deputy Head Teacher before taking over the mantle of Headship from Sue. 

Aims and Ethos

Ganton School is an inclusive community committed to excellence in personalised learning and well-being which aims:

  • To provide a safe, happy, healthy, vibrant and purposeful learning environment.
  • To create a dynamic, caring and spiritual environment for pupils and staff, which encourages pupils’ social and moral development
  • To provide a broad, balanced, exciting ICT-enabled curriculum that leads to high quality, challenging teaching that includes all pupils, irrespective of their ability, and allows them to achieve their full potential.
  • To ensure that parents, partners and other professionals are welcomed, involved, and share in all aspects of the school’s work, to create a centre of excellence and model of best practice for inclusion.
  • To develop an outward-looking, sustainable community, reaching across the locality, region and world and to provide leadership within those communities.
  • To develop a culture of Rights and Responsibilities and a restorative approach to any issues that may arise.

Humber Education Trust


Humber Education Trust’s vision is to develop a high performing Multi Academy Trust that delivers the very best educational experience for all children and young people. We will grow, develop, support and improve our schools across the Trust, with a clear focus on raising standards, encouraging innovation and strengthening the ethos of the Trust to ensure that we have a positive impact on all of the children and young people within the Trust. As a partnership, our strength lies in a common purpose: high aspirations, moral values, care and support; yet celebrates our individual uniqueness. As a trust, we will drive these aims further and faster for the benefit of our pupils and our communities.

Humber Education Trust is also recognised by the DfE as an Academy Sponsor. This means that through the Trust, we are held accountable for sponsored schools who may join us, to ensure improvement in outcomes and taking responsibility for their performance and financial arrangements. Humber Education Trust is supported by a strong Trust Board who provide effective support and the challenge required to ensure that we build on our track record of excellence to provide strategic partnerships to improve quality, share best practice and operate effectively and efficiently. We believe passionately that every penny that comes into a school should be spent on the development and provision of a first class standard of education for all.

294 Anlaby Park Road South, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU4 7JB