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Welcome to Our School

We pride ourselves on our caring, supportive and happy atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to book a visit to see for themselves how the values we cherish so dearly are part of everyday life at Rowdeford School.

Rowdeford School is committed to providing for the needs of each individual pupil through a values based curriculum delivered by an expert, experienced and dedicated team of staff. The pupils are grouped in small, well-staffed classes and provided with high quality learning and teaching opportunities, including Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC). The positive atmosphere at the school is part of Rowdeford’s belief that we need to nurture pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem as well as helping pupils to develop their independence. We are a specialist school for pupils with Communication and Interaction difficulties, with all the additional resources, staffing and expertise required to support this. We also have regular contact with Education Psychologists, Speech and Language, Physiotherapy and other therapists to enhance our provision at the school.

The school was judged to be ‘Good’ under the new Ofsted inspection framework in October 2016, which included inspection of our Residential provision.

Mr. M Loveridge

Head Teacher

About Us

Rowdeford is a secondary (11 – 16 years), co-educational, Special School for students with complex learning difficulties. Some have additional sensory impairment, physical difficulties or medical needs, and others are identified as being within the autistic spectrum. All are considered to be ‘vulnerable’. The School provides for up to 138 students and all students admitted to the school have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

Part of the school is housed in a listed building and every possible step has been taken to allow access for all people, regardless of their physical ability.

Rowdeford School provides an environment that nurtures and develops the individuality, potential and self-worth of students, and upholds their rights. We are a friendly and supportive community and we encourage the growth of trust and mutual respect. Students are encouraged to take responsibility, use their own initiative, develop self-confidence, communication and interaction skills, and value other people. 

The school has high expectations of students as individuals, and provides a well structured environment for learning, based on good standards of study and social behaviour. 

Students leave Rowdeford School with confidence in their own ability, the capacity to apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life, and the belief that learning is enjoyable, rewarding and ongoing. At Rowdeford, we maintain that every child has individual skills and talents, which should be valued and encouraged. 

Aims of the School

At Rowdeford we seek to create an inclusive community, in which each individual is cared for and challenged, by high expectations, to reach their full potential.

To achieve this, we provide a positive and creative learning environment, which incorporates a rich and varied programme of experiences and opportunities, both in school and within the wider community. This enables all students to experience success that can be celebrated and valued, thereby developing a positive attitude to learning and life.

We aim to teach the skills of communication, social awareness and independent living so that our students can establish a meaningful role in society. We believe that it is important to develop students’ confidence and self-esteem, together with appropriate skills, values and attitudes. This can empower them to take full advantage of their life chances, become valued and valuable members of society, and meet the challenges ahead.

Rowdeford School is committed to ensure that all students and staff are given the opportunity to be the best that they can be. We aim to achieve the following using our core values as the vehicle that drives this commitment. Through attending and working at Rowdeford School everybody will:

1. Flourish, develop their interdependence and autonomy, and be prepared for the future

2. Believe in their ability, be the best they can and achieve their full potential

3. Be inspired, have the opportunity to understand the wider world and experience success

4. Be given a voice, be heard and be treated and valued as an individual

5. Have a sense of belonging, feel safe and confident, and learn how to keep themselves and each other safe

Working for us

If you're searching for your next role in a special educational needs setting, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers, Teaching assistants and support staff.