Rodenhurst School

Rodenhurst School is a brand new SEN school in Shropshire for up to 15 pupils with SEMH/ASD/PDA/school anxiety and trauma.

Dream big and don’t let anyone dampen your spirit. We will see you on the journey to the top!
Head of Rodenhurst School, Chris Gorden

Head of School - Chris Gorden

Chris (pictured) was previously teacher and SEN coordinator for Access School.

Chris has a keen interest in taking learning into the outdoors with a real focus on animal care and bush craft.

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Our Mission Statements

“To be the best you can be”

“Healing pasts, building futures”

Name of Proprietor: Family Care Group

Head of Education: Sarah Earing

Rodenhurst School

Rodenhurst School provides individualised SEN education within a tailored therapeutic learning environment. 

Initially the school will support up to 15 pupils, most of whom will have an EHC plan.

Children may have been out of education for significant amounts of time, and presenting with needs such as autism, high levels of anxiety and social, emotional and mental health needs.

The SEN school in Telford will be rolled out in three phases, with each phase gradually increasing capacity to support more young people.

Planning permission was granted at the turn of the year and the schools doors welcomed pupils for the first time in June 2021.

Rodenhurst School Ofsted pre-registration inspection, 2021

Full list of Ofsted reports available here.

Phased Site Developments

Site developments are planned over three phases, culminating in Family Care’s first post-16 education offering.

Phase One – Adapting the existing house

The school will be registered for up to 15 pupils between the ages of 6 and 16.

It will operate the same provision as Access School, providing therapeutic education for young people who are unable to access mainstream settings.  The focus will be trauma and attachment, ASD, PDA, SPD and SEMH along with high levels of school anxiety.

Phase Two – The stable blocks opposite the house

A materials inspection will be requested after work is complete on the huge stable blocks.  This will increase the site roll up to 25 pupils between the ages of 6 to 16.

The revamped stable blocks will include the main site entrance, art studio, design & technology space, library, ICT suite, learning spaces, and therapy rooms.

Phase two will also include the development of a private walled garden for use by the young people and visitors meeting with pupils.

Phase Three – The large barn (post-16)

The focus of phase three will be to convert the barn into a post-16 addition.  This space will provide full and part-time support for pupils who are not quite ready to access a full-time college setting.

Head of Education Sarah Earing would like this space to mimic a New York loft style feel, with brick walls and neon lights to give it a funky but more grown-up vibe whilst keeping the nurturing, therapeutic aspect.

For more information about Rodenhurst School you can contact Sarah Earing on 07583 988672 or email

Rodenhurst School Policies

Term Times

Term times for Rodenhurst School are highlighted below.  For school closures or other announcements, parents will receive email notifications and texts. 

We also post updates on our Facebook page which you can follow here.

Autumn Term 2022

Open: 05 September
Close: 14 October

Half Term: 17 October to 28 October

Open: 31 October
Close: 16 December

Christmas Hols: 19 December to 30 December

Spring Term 2023

Open: 03 January
Close: 17 February

Half Term: 20 February to 24 February

Open: 27 February
Close: 31 March

Easter Hols: 03 April to 14 April

Summer Term 2023

Open: 17 April
Close: 25 May

Half Term: 26 May to 02 June

Open: 05 June
Close: 26 July

Summer Hols: 27 July to TBC

Other Closed Dates

Bank Holidays: All bank holidays including May Day (01 May 2023).

PD Days (x5): 01 September, 02 September and 26 May.

The remaining two PD days will be taken as twilight sessions across the academic year.

Rodenhurst School

Rodenhurst School,
Rodenhurst Business Park​,
Rodenhurst Lane​,
SY4 4QU​

Post-16 SEN Education

Every young person who wants to access post-16 education should have the option available. Sadly, for children with special educational needs (SEN), these options are often limited.

For the first time, Family Care will be able to offer this service.

Education is not purely academic. If a child can do advanced programming, speak several languages or receive top grades, but cannot manage their emotions, practice conflict resolution, or handle stress, none of that other stuff is really going to matter.

Learners with high needs must be prepared for adult life. We are so excited to be a part of this.

Head of Education - Sarah Earing

I am super excited to be leading Family Care’s education service and eventually delivering post-16 education.

Ensuring our young people are given the best chance for their future is really important to us.

Post 16-education options are plentiful for children from mainstream settings, and the same should be true for SEN pupils.

If you would like to discuss our offering at Rodenhurst School you can contact me directly via email at