Where did it all start?

It all started in September 1971 when Wargrave House School opened its doors for the first time, becoming the first residential weekly-boarding school specifically for Autistic children in the North West of England.

Wargrave House

Bessie Berman

Wargrave House Limited was the charity formed to run the school created by our first Principal, Bessie Berman. It has now been renamed and is called Remarkable.

Although with a new name, our charity will not significantly change its original values. Remarkable will continue to support, educate and ensure a brighter future for autistic children and young people.

At Remarkable, we aim to:


  • Create an environment in which our students and their families feel safe, supported and valued.
  • Provide an environment giving opportunities for extending their experiences and developing skills in a bespoke way depending on the individuals support needs.
  • Use a total communication approach to develop communication skills so that individuals are able to express things that are important to them.
  • To support our students to develop relevant skills for independent living line with their priorities and support needs.
  • To provide advice, liaison and support for families, carers and communication partners.

Moving forward 50 years, as a Remarkable Charity, we now have three branches: Wargrave House School & Sixth Form, Ascent College, and Sundial Therapy. All services are integral to the Remarkable Group, and we will ensure that the legacy left by Bessie Berman endures. We will continue to provide the best innovative and transformative services.

For more information about the history of Wargrave House School please get in touch here.

This is how we do things:

We are Creative

We redefine what’s possible every day, pushing boundaries and always striving to do things differently and better.

We are Aspirational

We respond with compassion, energy and adaptability, always learning and always focused on creating a legacy of lasting happiness.

We are Resilient

We keep our promises and aren’t afraid to stand up and be counted honestly, openly, and always with pride.

We are Respectful

We know how important it is to get things right and recognise the views of others. Consistency, kindness and integrity are at the heart of everything we do.

How you describe our remarkable services

An excellent school for pupils with autism. My son has attended this school for 7 years and I could not be happier. They consult and work with you as much as you require. What is more, my son is happy and I can rest assured because I know he is safe!
Caran T

Parent of pupil at Wargrave House School, Part of the Remarkable mission.

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