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Queenswood School

Welcome to Queenswood School

Welcome to Queenswood School in Ledbury, Herefordshire. Situated in a peaceful rural setting, we are an independent, specialist school providing education and care services to children and young people aged 11-19 years, with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties and a range of additional needs. This includes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), pathological demand avoidance (PDA), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), specific learning difficulties (SpLd) and an autistic spectrum condition (ASC). 

Unlocking the potential of each young person

Our aim at Queenswood School is to unlock the potential of our students so they develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to enjoy a brighter future.

We offer a warm and nurturing environment, where pupils receive the support they need to develop emotionally and socially, and prepare to learn again. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff team make learning feel worthwhile and enjoyable for our young people. They build positive and meaningful connections so that pupils feel secure, understood and valued.

A personalised learning environment

The young people at Queenswood School are at the heart of everything that we do and staff members are highly attuned to their individual needs. We are committed to delivering individually tailored educational support, which is shaped by our students’ individual strengths, preferences and life goals. Our aim is to enable our students to develop, progress and address their unique mental health needs, all within a caring and highly supportive environment.

We have ambitious expectations for our students in all aspects of school life. We are dedicated to guiding them every step of the way along their personalised learning journey, and supporting them to feel positive and hopeful about their future. With our specialist support, the young people in our care are empowered to build the social and independence skills they need to make positive transitions to further learning or employment.

A commitment to safety and welfare

Our robust safeguarding culture means that the safety and welfare of our students is at the forefront of everything that we do, and we are well-equipped to protect the vulnerable young people in our care.

We would love to welcome you to our school; please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange a visit.

Robert Coles
Head Teacher at Queenswood School

“Since joining the school, I have seen noticeable improvements in my son’s development, behaviour and all round wellbeing. I put this down to the quality of the tuition and overall quality of the care and educational care plan. The staff go above and beyond with their care, keeping me informed with any progress and have made me feel fully involved with the Queenswood School family.”

Parent of a pupil at Queenswood School

Achieving positive outcomes for our young people

In 2019, 100% of our school leavers achieved positive transitions and outcomes:

  • 23% continued their education at college

  • 54% accessed training

  • 23% progressed into employment

Our specialist services

The range of services and facilities available at Queenswood School include:

  • A warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for pupils, with high staff to pupil ratios

  • Day placements and residential packages offering 38 and 52-week care placements

  • A robust and effective safeguarding culture where pupil safety and welfare are prioritised

  • An individualised curriculum, with bespoke packages of learning and therapeutic support

  • A focus on developing meaningful working relationships between pupils and staff, following the Relational Model

  • A therapeutic framework of care and support to manage the challenges faced by our young people

  • Rated ‘Good’ in all assessment categories by Ofsted during our latest inspection

  • A committed, caring and highly experienced multidisciplinary team providing a cohesive, consistent approach to learning

  • Opportunities to experience learning in a range of contexts, including outdoors and off-site

  • A vocational curriculum that emphasises social independence, work related skills and preparation for adulthood, in line with pupil aspirations

  • A peaceful rural education setting, two miles from Ledbury train station, near a main bus route and with links to the M50 motorway

“I have been able to make positive relationships and the staff have helped me to attend and engage with education. Before, I used to truant and didn’t like education that much. I think I am now in a better place.”

Pupil at Queenswood School

“Many young people who have experienced trauma are unable to cope with the rigours of formal education…What they need is the space and understanding to acquire the developmental milestones that they have missed during their early years, including the ability to emotionally regulate for themselves. This is where Queenswood School excels; they are trauma informed and stream children according to how settled and prepared they are to engage…the Queenswood School ‘education by stealth’ approach means young people in their early days are sometimes unaware they are even learning… staff are nurturing, patient, resilient and quietly persistent.”

Social Worker

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