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Rosehill School

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Welcome, Introduction & Virtual Tour

Welcome message by the headteacher


It is a pleasure to welcome you to Rosehill School, an outstanding special school for 116 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.


At Rosehill, we understand how important it is to work together as a community to help each learner achieve their best in all aspects of school life. Therefore, we pride ourselves on providing a warm, happy, safe and caring school environment, that is conducive to learning and promotes confidence, resilience and responsibility.


Each and every day I feel a great sense of pride in Rosehill’s incredibly diverse community of children, young people, parents, carers and staff and how we strive to ensure all pupils make the most of their abilities. We follow a holistic approach to developing each individual and offer an incredibly diverse and rich curriculum in which each pupil can reach their full academic potential. But the outcomes we achieve are much more far reaching than this; we place great emphasis on developing the whole child. We believe this approach is necessary to ensure that our pupils learn well, and grow and learn in their relationships, identity, emotional understanding, communication, independence and overall well-being. Our pupils hugely enjoy learning and it’s wonderful to see them flourishing as individuals during their time in school, making responsible choices, expressing their views and developing their life skills.


We have a highly skilled and cohesive staff team who always put the pupils first and strive for excellence in everything they do. We place great emphasis on ensuring the pupils are well equipped and prepared for the next stage in their life therefore, as a school we use a range of evidence and research to inform our practice. At all times, we adopt a solution-focused approach to overcome obstacles and seek the views of all children and adults to help shape school plans and to empower everyone to be an active member of the school community.


As a school we are forward thinking and always looking for ways to improve through training, learning from best practice, research, partnership working and constantly reflecting on what we do as we improve learner outcomes. We encourage parents / carers to be involved in their children’s learning as much as possible, and to work in partnership with us for the benefit of their children.


Visitors often comment on the positive atmosphere in the school and particularly how well-behaved, happy, and hard-working our pupils are. I am immensely proud of what we do here. Rosehill is a wonderfully engaged and happy community.


Our mission from 2021-2022 is a strong focus on providing fun and exciting experiences, which focus on developing engagement, skills and knowledge. We are a ‘Healthy School’ and promote the importance of health and mental 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, cultural capital 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 warmly encourage you to find out more about our fantastic school, so please spend time reading the introduction below and looking around our website.


Best wishes,


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, cafe and training kitchens. We also have a Multi Immersive Learning Environment (MILE). 


In 2021, Rosehill School celebrated 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 mental health and wellbeing 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 the MILES, balance rooms and sensory circuits 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, wellbeing and sensory regulation 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 SEND Policy and Information 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!

Whole School Videos


For other whole school videos please see the page below

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