Welcome, Introduction & Virtual Tour
Welcome message by the Headteacher
It is a pleasure to welcome you to Rosehill School, an outstanding special school for 115 pupils aged 4-19 living with Autism and a range of associated communication, social, sensory and learning differences. We are committed to and passionate about the learning and progress of our pupils. Staff and governors have high aspirations for our learners and we aim to provide a relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement.
I feel honoured to be the Headteacher and, together with an outstanding team of staff, we work tirelessly to ensure the best education and care is on offer at our school.
This year, we have redesigned our school provision to ensure we are safe and secure with the current realities of the Covid-19 pandemic. By splitting the site into four geographical areas, called Zones we have been able to tailor and adapt the school environment to ensure our pupils continue to have access to a wide range of relevant and inclusive opportunities. Within each Zone, we house all of our 14 classrooms and all of the offices, staff rooms and meeting rooms, which we call Bubbles.
Our staff have worked exceptionally hard to plan and implement a Recuperation Curriculum which responds to each pupil’s point of learning. Furthermore, there is a range of expertise throughout the school, from our highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants to additional collaboration with a range of other agencies, including the Sensory OT Service, Speech and Language, Educational Psychology and Health and Wellbeing Teams.
Our mission from September 2020 is a strong focus on providing authentic experiences, which bring society into our protected school environment, in order to ensure every learner achieves the best possible outcomes in learning, social and emotional wellbeing. We are a ‘Healthy School’ and promote the importance of health and wellbeing. We will therefore continue to work creatively to ensure our pupils thrive by remaining active, accessing as many opportunities as possible to enrich their lives and wellbeing, develop their life skills and prepare them for adulthood. This includes partnerships with key organisations that can work collaboratively with us to promote this inclusive approach.
I have always practised an ‘open door’ policy and whilst I have had to put a temporary stop to my open invitation for you to just come in to say ‘hello’, I continue to welcome direct communication.
I also warmly encourage you to find out more about our fantastic school, so please spend time reading the introduction below and looking around our new website.
Mrs C Steele
Introduction to the School
Rosehill School has been specialist provision for pupils with autism since 1980 and in 2009, the school was selected to be part of a Building Schools for the Future Programme. By 2011, the school was fully refurbished and is completely unique in its design, as the builders and architects have produced a superb purpose-built school specifically planned to meet the needs of learners with autism. The site encapsulates the original open air nature of the school while providing 21st Century facilities with its eye firmly on the future. We pride ourselves in the facilities that include specialist sensory areas, a dance studio, PE hall, library, art studio, music room and training kitchens. We also have a Multi Immersive Learning Environment (MILE).
In 2021, Rosehill School will celebrate its 90th anniversary.
The positive, warm atmosphere and constant drive for improvement at Rosehill School 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 their 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 and promoted using a positive approach. The school vision statement has been co-produced in partnership with our whole school community and this encompasses our shared values; to ensure each child can excel and reach their full potential and are very well equipped and prepared for the next stage of their education and for adulthood.
We provide a broad and balanced education enabling pupils to achieve their full academic and social potential. Our whole school curriculum and school environment reflects the commitment made to ensure Fundamental British Values (FBV), Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) aspects and Prevent Duty 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 in place).
We know how valuable each day at school is, so we want all of our pupils to be happy, safe and to access the creative, broad and balance curriculum we offer. Some of our most recent developments include our 'Dance makes maths memorable' project and 'Cultural diversity' work. We aim to extend opportunities outside of school in sport, the arts, cultural experiences such as visiting museums and libraries, Work-Related Learning, work experience and many other areas.
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, preparing our learners for adulthood.
The development of Balance Rooms reflects the work we have undertaken around sensory regulation and developing opportunities to promote cultural capital over the past few years 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 learning and wellbeing throughout the day.
We work very closely with parents, carers and extended services and always aim to provide a happy and stimulating environment. We welcome parents and carers to come into school at any time to discuss issues. You know your child best and we believe that working together is the best way forward. Our home-school diaries, home visits and social events are all part of this partnership. We also run regular parents meetings, which are very informal sessions. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these meetings. Everyone is welcome to bring along friends and family members if you wish.
In November 2017 we had our fifth, consecutive Outstanding Ofsted inspection where we were highly commended for 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!
For further information about Rosehill's SEN Report please follow this link
Rosehill Virtual Tour
We've also, with a lot of help from the pupils, put together a virtual tour of the school, so you can see all the amazing learning opportunities available to our learners!