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Rossendale School, Lancashire

School Details
School Crest
Bamford Road,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1706 822779
Fax: +44 1706 821457

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Head Teacher:
Mr D G Duncan

School Administrator:
Mrs J Butler

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
NASEN, NATSPEC, IIP/IiP, Sportsmark, NASS Special Schools, NAS Autism Accreditation, BILD, DFE, UK, ICHA, NAHT, SEBDA, engage in their future
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
8 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Interview, This is a Special School

Scholarships & Bursaries:

None Listed

What we offer

  • Drama/Theatre
  • Photography
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Engineering
  • Design technology
  • Media/Film studies
  • Government/Politics
  • French
  • Water sports
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Cycling
  • Canoeing
  • Horticulture
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Horse riding and management
  • Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Adventure training
  • Rainbows/Brownies/Guides
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • After school club
  • Particular diets
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Epilepsy
Rossendale School is a specialist day and residential school for girls and boys aged 8 to 16 with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. We aim to bring about positive change in troubled young people who have experienced negativity and conflict in the past and enable pupils to understand their problems and come to terms with them. We work together to develop behavioural strategies to minimise difficulties and help overcome their problems.

Rossendale School is located in five acres of its own grounds on the West Pennine Moors. This natural environment helps to create a calm and restful location for young people with challenging behaviours to be educated. The school is on the edge of the M66 motorway and within a half hour drive of all the North West towns including: Manchester, Blackburn, Bury, Bolton and Burnley.

Education is the principle function of the school. Each young person is recognised as an individual having innate abilities, aptitudes and talents. It is our aim to develop these to the full.

We ensure the widest possible educational opportunities are offered to all our pupils and the National Curriculum is followed. Individual Education Plans (IEP) are implemented and pupils are entered for a wide range of GCSE and other national examinations, as appropriate.

Rossendale School believes that all pupils are entitled to a positive education which allows them to experience success. Through education, we focus on their awareness of moral values and the capacity for enjoyment. We build on these values and empower young people to achieve as much independence as possible, so they can approach adulthood as active and responsible contributors
to society. We fully embrace the Every Child Matters agenda as in essence this sums up what the school is about and what we are trying to achieve. We believe that a positive environment and ethos engenders change. All aspects of life, both day and residential, are geared towards bringing this about.

The highest standards of care are provided within the farmhouse and at our off-site houses.

Individual support and counselling is provided through an extensive keyworker system.

The off-sites houses are situated in the local community where older pupils live and attend school daily, developing an array of self-help and social skills to prepare them for post 16 life.

The school is housed in five acres of grounds which provide a garden and playing areas for pupils, as well as an all-weather playing surface. An extensive programme of leisure activities is offered both in and after school and within the local community. These include participation in local sporting clubs such as athletics, swimming, football, rugby and cricket as well as a range of other community based activities such as drama/youth theatre groups, cadet groups and the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

The school also has strong links with local employers and provides an extensive work experience programme for pupils in Years 10 and 11.These pupils also have the opportunity to take part in college link courses working towards NVQ qualifications.
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