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Headteacher's message

Karen Oliver, Head of The Rise School


It is a real privilege to be the Head of The Rise School and Sixth Form and to be able to work every day with our wonderful young people and dedicated staff. 

Our pupils are some of the most vulnerable children in society and we are passionate in our desire to see them bloom, experience success and develop confidence and strategies to overcome some of the challenges associated with their autism. Our pupils are at the heart of everything we do.

Our curriculum focuses on both social skills and academic achievement, these run throughout all our work and are both of equal importance. This allows our pupils access to a curriculum that is guided by the national curriculum but also reaches beyond it. 

We believe our social curriculum is vital for helping our young people cultivate self-regulation skills and strategies to look after their mental health. Our social curriculum includes PSHE (Personal Social, Health and Education) lessons, Weaving Wellbeing Programme, Citizenship lessons, Yoga lessons, and embedded mindfulness sessions. 

We are equally proud of our academic curriculum, which consists of both BTEC and GCSE qualifications. These qualifications give pupils the vital stepping stones into Sixth Form or college and then into further education,  university, apprenticeships, supported internships, and employment.

Our pupils have access to a range of opportunities that we offer as part of our LOTC (Learning Outside The Curriculum). Opportunities such as swimming, skiing, sailing, Duke of Edinburgh award, and after-school clubs that include robotics, and music. We also have a flourishing pupil council.

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.

Karen Oliver, Headteacher of The Rise School