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Headteacher's message

Helen Ralston The Rise School Headteacher

It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of The Rise School and it's positive and purposeful school community. Our pupils are some of the most vulnerable children in society and we are passionate in our desire to see them blossom, experience success and develop confidence and strategies to overcome some of the challenges associated with their autism. We have two pillars that run throughout all our work: the academic and social progress of our pupils. These are of equal importance.

We are absolutely clear in our ambition to provide a vibrant learning community in which our staff work together to equip our young people with the qualifications and skill-set – social, emotional, employable – to thrive.

We are proud to offer “the best of both worlds” with our mainstream and special needs provision. Our pursuit of excellence in both academic and social outcomes is evidenced in our curriculum model, that allows our pupils access a curriculum that is guided by the national curriculum but also reaches beyond it.

We’re equally proud that three (of our first small cohort of thirteen year 11 pupils) achieved As in their IGCSE English qualification. We are also proud to offer subjects such as yoga and wellbeing which are vital for helping our young people cultivate self-regulation skills and strategies to look after their mental health. In fact, The Rise School has been awarded Gold Status in the inaugural year of the Carnegie Mental Health Awards – a recognition of the work we do to cultivate wellbeing in our community.

Thank you for your interest in The Rise School. We hope you find all the information you require on our website. Please do check out our Twitter feed, photo gallery and our latest news as they will give a genuine flavour of day-to-day life here at The Rise. We also love visitors! So please contact us if you have any further questions or queries or if you would like to book a visit.

Helen Ralston, Headteacher of The Rise School