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Community education

The ultimate aim for every pupil that attends Rossendale School is for them to reintegrate back into the wider community. It is therefore important that we do not isolate students while they are at the school.

We make a great deal of use of local communities and their facilities. The school’s location near a number of sizeable towns and cities gives our pupils fantastic opportunities to get involved in a wide range of leisure and social activities. This in turn helps our young people to maintain community links, form relationships within a wider circle and enhance their social skills.

Ofsted commented…

“Pupils are very well prepared for life in modern Britain. They visit mosques, churches and synagogues and develop mutual respect and tolerance towards others with different views, both in school and in the wider community. Mutual respect is modelled well by a highly professional staff.”

Ofsted, October 2014

Keeping active in the community

The school arranges sporting activities in a number of local authority sports centres. This gives pupils the opportunity to learn to cope in the same kind of provision that they would have in their own community. Activities include:

  • Trampolining at a mainstream school
  • Sailing and canoeing at Hollingsworth Lake
  • Swimming at a local swimming pool
  • Use of an outdoor ski slope
  • Visits to an outdoor activities centre
  • Horse riding at a local stables

Community-based award schemes

community-related award schemes. Students can enrol and work towards:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Emergency First Aid Course
  • Sports Leader Awards (this includes teaching mainstream primary children)

Supporting charities

Rossendale School places a big focus on giving back and contributing to other people in need and we actively encourage pupils to take part in a range of charity fundraising events throughout the year, including:

  • Comic Relief
  • Sports Relief
  • Macmillan coffee morning
  • Community Action Nepal

Activity week

Each year, during the final week of the Summer Term, the entire school and staff take part in various out of school activities instead of formal lessons. The week provides an enjoyable end to the academic year and lays the foundation, both in relationship and work terms, for much of the progress that can be made in the following academic year. The range of activities undertaken over the course of the week provides extensive experiential learning opportunities for our young people, helping to make a significant contribution to their social and emotional development.