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!"
Teresa Cullen, Lead Therapist
Rodenhurst School will provide 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 we expect the schools doors to welcome pupils for the first time in April 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Term times for Rodenhurst School are highlighted below. For school closures or other announcements, parents will receive email notifications and texts.
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Autumn Term 2021
Open: 03 September
Close: 15 October
Half Term: 18 October to 29 October
Open: 01 November
Close: 17 December
Christmas Hols: 20 December to 31 December
Spring Term 2022
Open: 04 January
Close: 18 February
Half Term: 21 February to 25 February
Open: 28 February
Close: 08 April
Easter Hols: 11 April to 22 April
Summer Term 2022
Open: 25 April
Close: 26 May
Half Term: 27 May to 06 June
Open: 07 June
Close: 26 July
Summer Hols: 27 July to TBC
Other Closed Dates
Bank Holidays: All bank holidays including Good Friday (15 April 2022) and May Day (02 May 2022).
PD Days (x5): 31 August, 01 September, 27 May, 06 June.
The remaining PD day will be taken as twilight sessions across the academic year.
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.