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About Rosehill - Vision and Aims

Message from Acting Headteacher


On behalf of the staff, pupils and governors I would like to welcome you to Rosehill School. I hope that this website will begin to help you see what our wonderful school can offer your family. I feel very privileged to be introducing myself as Acting Headteacher. I have worked here for over fourteen years, three years of which I spent as Deputy Headteacher. The positive, warm atmosphere and constant drive for improvement at Rosehill makes it a very special place. Your child will be placed at the heart of everything we do. Our team of staff are skilled, hardworking and committed to developing the whole child, not just academic ability. We recognise that success for every child will be different and we celebrate this in numerous ways. Achievement and good behaviour are encouraged using a positive approach.


We know how valuable each day at school is, so we want all of our pupils to be happy, safe and to access an exciting, broad curriculum. Some of our most recent developments include our Post 16 pupils running a school café, our Enrichment Curriculum offer and investment in Intensive Interaction and Rebound Therapy training for staff. We aim to extend opportunities outside of school in sport, the arts and work related learning, for those students that it is appropriate for. This term we took part in a local football tournament, Primary Parliament as well as  linking with local mainstream schools for the Garcia Arts project.


We have a stunning new building that we moved into in 2011. We pride ourselves in the facilities that include specialist sensory rooms, a dance studio, art studio, Science LAB_13 and training kitchen. We also have a large PE hall and a Multi Interactive Leaning Enrichment (The MILE). 


We aim to work closely with families, you are welcome to come into school at any time to discuss any issues. You know your child best and we believe that working together is the best way. Home school diaries, home visits and social events are all part of this partnership.


In March 2013 we had our fourth, consecutive Outstanding Ofsted inspection which highly commended the work that we do. If there is anything else you need to know then please contact us. We love our school and we hope that you will too!


Cheryl Steele - Acting Headteacher   



The vision of the school remains strong and focused on improving outcomes for every learner at Rosehill, irrespective of their learning challenges. The school team (as a whole) work collaboratively to ensure pupils make progress and are safe at school.

The whole school curriculum and school environment reflects the commitment made to ensure British Values and Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural aspects and Prevent Strategies. Every aspect of the school curriculum and school environment is reflective of the individual learning needs (and continues to be developed to ensure a balanced curriculum structure is now fully operational). Pupils' are recognised as individual learners where exceptional achievement enables them to improve opportunities and outcomes of their life beyond school. Life outcomes are actively shared and improved over time, where we recognise and actively develop Placement Opportunities, Pursuits (develop a wider field of interests) and Personal Skills. This is supported by families/carers, friends, employees and professionals beyond the school setting as demonstrated through feedback to school (What Others Say About us).


The school is designed with very clearly defined safe, calm classroom bases with individual areas to meet children’s needs. From these bases pupils circulate around the school to engage in more specific learning areas leading ultimately to a more life skills based and independent curriculum. The circulation, movement and integration of pupils around the school is central to the overall vision of developing independence.


The development of Balance Rooms  reflects the work we have undertaken with Occupational Therapists over the past year which has helped the development of specific sensory spaces within each class area and in the school that can be used for a variety of purposes to support pupils throughout the day. These rooms are typically smaller in size, with the ability to change the physical environment of the room and the items in the room to suit individual needs. A key purpose of balance rooms is to promote pupils’ self-regulation of their sensory and emotional health & well-being. This includes effective communication and curriculum participation.

Introduction to Rosehill


May we offer all visitors a warm welcome to Rosehill School’s web-site. This web-site has been designed to give you a glimpse into the life of our school and show how hard our highly skilled staff team and pupils work to underpin our drive for ensuring the best outcomes for our learners. The school vision outlines what we aim to achieve and fully informs our school improvement plan. This encompasses our fundamental values for our learners to strive to create a destination led learning experience, to ensure all our pupils have maximum life chances whilst being supported to develop their personal skills and to be informed through transition to enter adult life successfully. 


Regardless of the school setting, we always strive to ensure our pupils’ learning and wellbeing needs are at the very centre of everything we do. We truly believe that every learner is valued and is enabled to achieve the highest levels possible. This was recognised in our last Ofsted inspection report when we were judged as outstanding.


We work closely with parents/carers and major stakeholders and always aim to provide a happy and stimulating environment.


More About Rosehill


Rosehill School is situated on St Matthias Road, St Ann’s in the city of Nottingham. We are sited very close to the centre of Nottingham, partly within a business area and partly residential. We are a non-denominational community special school maintained by the Nottingham City Education Authority for boys and girls aged 4 -19. We provide day education for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders whose learning challenges are best served in a special school setting. Currently, there are over 100 pupils on roll. Rosehill School has been specialist provision for pupils with autism since 1980. The school caters for the needs of pupils with a wide range of abilities and differences associated with the spectrum of autism. We provide a broad and balanced education enabling pupils to achieve their full academic and social potential and preparing them for adult life. The Ofsted report of March 2013 awarded the school as outstanding in all areas.


Pupils who attend Rosehill School will all have been diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder. The nature of these difficulties is best described by The Autism Education Trust (http://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/About-AET/What-is-Autism.aspx).


What is autism?


Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Without the right support, it can have a profound – sometimes devastating – effect on individuals and families. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share three main areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live independent lives but others may need a lifetime of specialist support.


What do people with autism generally experience difficulty with?


Social interaction - This includes recognising and understanding other people’s feelings and managing their own. Not understanding how to interact with other people can make it hard to form friendships.

Social communication - This includes using and understanding verbal and non-verbal language, such as gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice.


Social imagination - This includes the ability to understand and predict other people’s intentions and behaviour and to imagine situations outside of their own routine. This may be accompanied by a narrow repetitive range of activities.


People with Asperger syndrome generally have fewer problems with speech, although they may still have trouble understanding some forms of speech such as metaphors, People with Asperger syndrome are often of average, or above average, intelligence and do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.


What are the other characteristics of autism?


Need for routine and difficulty with change - The world can seem a very unpredictable and confusing place to people with autism, who often have a narrow, repetitive range of activities and may prefer to have a fixed daily routine so that they know what is going to happen every day. People with autism may not be comfortable with the idea of change, but can cope well if they are prepared for it in advance.

Adherence to rules - It can be difficult for a person with autism to take a different approach to something once they have been taught the ‘right’ way to do it.

Sensory issues - People with autism may experience some form of sensory sensitivity which can appear in one or more of the five senses – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. A person’s senses may be intensified (hyper-sensitive) or under-sensitive (hypo-sensitive). People with sensory sensitivity may also find it harder to use their body awareness system. This system tells us where our bodies are, so for those with reduced body awareness, it can be harder to navigate rooms avoiding obstructions, stand at an appropriate distance from other people and carry out ‘fine motor’ tasks such as tying shoelaces.

Special interests - Many people with autism have intense special interests, often from a fairly young age. These can change over time or be lifelong, and can be anything from art or music, to trains or computers.

Learning disabilities - Some people with autism may have learning disabilities, meaning that they may not learn things as quickly as other people. As with autism, people can have different ‘degrees’ of learning disability. A learning disability can affect all aspects of someone’s life: from studying in school, to learning how to wash or make a meal.


It is important to remember that the degree, or severity, of autism will vary for each pupil.  It can also affect pupils across the whole range of intellectual ability. The majority of pupils with autism will have additional learning difficulties. The nature of these disabilities has implications for each pupil's teaching and learning. As a highly specialist school it is essential that we recognise these implications and attempt to address them giving careful consideration to what we teach (curriculum content), how we teach (teaching styles and approaches) and where we teach (context for teaching and learning).


At the same time as recognising the special needs and difficulties that are shared by pupils with an ASD it is essential that we keep to the forefront of our minds the individuality of each pupil. If there is one thing that we should strive to see as the hallmark of Rosehill School it should be the flexibility to devise a highly individualised programme of learning and experiences for each pupil.  This needs to take account of their particular strengths, interests, needs and choices.


Safeguarding at Rosehill School


Overall Aim

Our overall aim at Rosehill School is to ensure that children and young people are effectively safeguarded from any potential risk of harm and that the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. We ensure that all members of the school community are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection and fully support the school’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection.


Keeping Children Safe in Education - Childcare Disqualification Requirements

The Department of Education has published further advice in relation to Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016). The guidance emphasises disqualification by association i.e. the requirement for staff to provide relevant information about a person who lives in the same household as them.


Rosehill School Designated Safeguarding Leads

Cheryl Steele - Acting Headteacher

Charlotte Turner - Safeguarding Lead  

Claire Waldrom - Acting Deputy Headteacher

Kathryn Barnicott - Acting Assistant Head


Aims and Objectives at Rosehill School

  • To maintain a happy, safe and positive environment where pupils can enjoy school and learning
  • Provide an outstanding education for all of our pupils
  • Set high expectations for ourselves and pupils - always promoting personal growth and responsibility
  • Equip pupils with effective communication and social skills, valuable life skills and positive behavioural skills
  • Provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum focusing on core competencies of learning for children with autism (communication, social awareness, thinking skills, sensory awareness and regulation, organisation skills and behaviour management) delivered through small steps and personal learning targets, thus improving overall development, self-esteem and motivation to relate to and engage with others around them
  • Support the principles of Every Child Matters and its outcomes (Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Wellbeing)
  • Deliver the best possible provision for our pupils through a combination of:
  • Comprehensively trained staff who offer unique teaching and learning experiences which support the differences of autism
  • Providing close liaison and partnership with parents and carers – Rosehill welcomes parents and carers into school to share discussions and support ‘home life’
  • Modified class bases catering for stage and age developmental needs, for example, playrooms in the primary department, individual work rooms in the middle school and shared independent living areas in the upper school
  • Shared facilities within the main core of the school which offer physical, social and emotional wellbeing experiences such as the dance studio Multi Interactive Learning Environment, PE hall, dance studio, gym, play room, wet room and café
  • Closely monitored and continually tailored individual curriculum plans which combine the newly revised National Curriculum recommendations and guidance with creative and innovation approaches to teaching
  • Structured timetables which provide appropriate challenge and flexibility relating to stage and age of development
  • Individual teaching, small groups and whole class sessions where the pupils can benefit from interaction with peers and develop skills required to engage effectively within a group
  • Partnering with other specialists professionals such as; Speech and Language Therapists, Family Support Workers, Social Services, Educational Psychologists, School Doctor and Nurse, Occupational Therapists, Continence and Physiotherapy Teams, Musical Therapists, Transition Coordinators, Respite Providers and the Healthy Schools Team
  • A programme of offsite activities and visits, providing many opportunities for broader experience and generalisation of communication and behavioural skills vital for successful integration into and enjoyment of the wider community
  • Carefully planned and aided transition into, across departments and when moving on from the school. In addition, appropriate extended provision, which supports the full extent of individual needs and interests, are offered; mainstream local school links, Post-14 accredited learning, college and day service links, work experience and work related learning opportunities and Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • Promote continuous professional development for all staff in the school, to ensure that Rosehill School provides the best education for all the pupils
  • An inclusive whole school approach to self-evaluation and school development planning; creating a culture of continuous improvement and forward thinking


At Rosehill School the pupils and their needs always come first!