Arrowsmith Programme

Marsden saw a need within the community and decided to offer the Arrowsmith Program which has been successfully running here with a class of 10 students since 2014. Many students have benefited tremendously from the opportunity to participate in this life changing, cognitive training programme. 

Created by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young this special programme helps children and adults overcome a wide range of learning difficulties. Using principles of neuroplasticity, the programme employs techniques that focus on weak sections of the brain rather than traditional coping skills. All students gain benefits from the programme, but especially those with learning differences like dyslexia and auditory processing difficulties.  We also have students that do not have a formal diagnosis of a learning difficulty but may be struggling academically. This programme has been transformative for them also.

Each year we are able to offer a limited number of part time places (1 - 3 periods a day) in our Marsden programme. (We also offer 8.00am periods, which reduce the impact on curriculum subjects). 

If spaces fill, we can put your child’s name on an ‘Expressions of Interest’ list and as spaces become available, we can in turn contact you.There is no financial obligation to place your child on the waiting list.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Lizzie Coyle at

The founder Barbara Arrowsmith-Young has also delivered a TEDx talk and has written a fascinating book called 'The Woman Who Changed Her Brain'. For more information on founder Barbara Arrowsmith, visit the Arrowsmith website.