We are based in a specially-converted former hotel with 80 acres of land and offer a range of facilities rarely found in specialist educational settings. As well as traditional classrooms, including specialist teaching areas for Design Technology, Science, Art and two specialist ICT suites, there are a range of sporting and recreation facilities including dance and drama spaces, swimming pool, gym, squash and tennis courts, football pitches and others. There are also vocational learning areas such as a beauty therapy, hairdressing and childcare.
We have a specific provision within the school called the 'Rocks Centre' where we support children and young people who have an autistic spectrum condition including Asperger’s syndrome and those who have communication and sensory difficulties. The environment and teaching approaches are bespoke and tailored to ensure our children and young people thrive.
Children and young people enjoy access to an extensive range of imaginative learning opportunities which capture and sustain their interest such as equine assisted learning, bush craft and music studio work. We also offer a range of qualifications including functional Skills, GCSE’s and ASDAN Work Preparation and Employability Qualifications.
Our specialist multi-disciplinary team of leaders, carers, therapists and educationalists work seamlessly together. They teach and proactively support pupils who have been subjected to adverse childhood experiences, including trauma, toxic stress and associated mental wellbeing difficulties, aiming to break the cycle of adversity.
Our therapeutic approach is embedded in the ARC (Attachment, regulation and competencies) model, which is a systemic trauma informed model. With the ARC model, we aim to integrate attachment principles into a “whole-systems” intervention. In addition, we use a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) framework which offers emotional coaching as a key element of our curriculum, to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience.
Find out more about the therapy pathways in our Therapy brochure.