Welcome message and introduction to the School by the Headteacher
On behalf of the pupils, staff and governors I would like to welcome you to Rosehill School.
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. We are a community special school, maintained by Nottingham City Local Authority. We provide day education for children and young people with autism, aged 4 - 19, whose learning challenges are best served in a special school setting. The school caters for the needs of pupils with a wide range of abilities and differences associated with the spectrum of autism. Currently, there are 114 pupils on roll.
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 Interactive Learning Environment (MILE).
I therefore feel very privileged to be introducing myself as Headteacher. I have worked at the school for over seventeen years, three years of which I spent as Deputy Headteacher. 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 below 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 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 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!
Cheryl Steele - Headteacher
The vision of the school remains strong and focused on improving outcomes for every child at Rosehill, irrespective of their learning challenges. Following our whole school consultation in 2019 with pupils, parents/carers, staff, governors and extended services we have now co-produced our new Vision Statement, School Aims and Curriculum Offer.
Vision Statement - ‘Caring about learning, learning about caring’
At Rosehill, we ensure every child is part of our safe, caring, respectful and vibrant community where they are provided with diverse opportunities and high quality teaching and learning. By offering a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on developing communication, independence, skills for living and skills for life, we 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.
Fundamental to the school’s strong vision for ensuring the highest quality of education and care for pupils is its highly effective focus on developing a strong intent and implementation of the curriculum. We aim to do this by:
We will deliver the best possible provision for our pupils through a combination of: