Welcome from the Director of Children’s Services

Hello, and a warm welcome to our school website. I hope that by visiting this site you will gain a better understanding of the work that we do at Abbey Rose, the achievements made by our pupils, and our vision, aims and values.

Abbey Rose prides itself on providing a friendly, caring and supportive environment that encourages all of our pupils to reach their full potential.

Our pupils are very important to us and supporting them to progress throughout their academic lives underpins everything that we do. This website will allow me to share the dynamic experiences available at the school and show you how the curriculum can be personalised to suit the individual needs of every young person that walks through our doors. As well as educating our pupils, we place huge importance on their wellbeing, health and care needs. Indeed, our school shares a site with our registered children’s home, which offers residential placements for those who wish to both live and learn at Abbey Rose. For more about our residential services follow this link.

The staff team at Abbey Rose are dedicated to helping our pupils to become caring and thoughtful members of the community. There is a strong emphasis on communication by whatever means is appropriate to the individual, as we believe that when our pupils are able to communicate their wants and needs, they will have the confidence and the skills to make their way in the world when they leave us.

We firmly believe in listening to our pupils. Many contribute to various aspects of school life through the Student Council, Eco Committee and pupil UN making choices about the school on behalf of the rest of their peers. All pupils contribute to their annual reviews either in person or through informative booklets completed prior to the meeting.

While this website provides a lot of interesting information, it is no substitute for a visit to our school. We welcome you to meet our wonderful pupils and their staff and to spend some time in our beautiful grounds in order to gain a better understanding of what it feels like to be a member of the Abbey Rose community.

Very best wishes,

Lucy Pottinger

Director of Children’s services

Orbis Education and Care


Orbis values: To be fair and be seen to be fair; To encourage respect and understanding for the feelings and wishes of others; Adopt a consistent approach whilst allowing for individual needs to be met; Clear expectations, standards and strategies to ensure they are being met; To provide a stimulating environment which will encourage the achievement of success across the curriculum in a range of social situations.

The Abbey Rose Young Person is able to:

1) Acquire knowledge and skills to prepare them for independent adult life and the world of work

2) Recognise, understand and communicate their needs

3) Identify and manage their own emotions

4) Implement strategies to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy

5) Identify their aspirations and be proud of their achievements

6) Take ownership of their medical and therapeutic needs and know who can help them

7) Keep themselves and others safe

8) Socially interact with adults and peers

9) Recognise a different point of view and not allow that to impact friendships

10) Treat everyone with respect (time, space and possessions)

Abbey Rose Values We are: Aspirational, Independent, Respectful and Healthy.

A copy of the recent Ofsted inspection can be found below:


Letter to Parents

Ofsted Feb 2020

Ofsted December 2019

Ofsted Inspection Nov 2019


Freedom of Information

The following information is available upon request

• Particulars of the school’s academic performance during the preceding school year, including the results of any public examinations;
• Number of staff employed at the school including temporary staff and a summary of their qualifications
• The number of complaints, if any, registered under the formal procedure during the preceding school year.
• Copies of any inspection reports carried out under sections 108 or 109 of the 2008 Act or section 87(1) of the 1989 Act.

If you wish to receive this information please contact Lucy Pottinger (Director of Children’s Services)


Contact Us

Head of education: Michelle Stone

School Address

Abbey Rose School

Orbis Education & Care Ltd,

Gloucester Road,



GL20 7DG

Telephone Number: 01684 217770 

Proprietor’s Address

Mike Currier, Chief Executive

Lucy Pottinger, Director of Children’s services

Orbis Education & Care Ltd,

Vision Court, Caxton Place

Pentwyn, Cardiff

CF23 8HA

Telephone Number: 02920 029922

In November 2014 The Department for Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.  All have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Previously schools had been required to ‘respect’ these values, but from 2015 all schools are required to have a clear strategy for embedding these values and show how their work with pupils has been effective in doing so.


 At Orbis Abbey Rose School British Values underpin our ethos and everything we do. We believe British Values are a key part of our plan for education to ensure our learners become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.


  • The school council is a real and important part of the decision-making process and all learners are encouraged to participate
  • Through Citizenship lessons learners are made aware of the democratic process nationally and locally

The rule of law

  • Learners are encouraged to understand law and rues by setting their own classroom rules
  • Learners are made aware of the role of the police and emergency services in keeping us safe
  • Learners learn about the various legal ages within the UK and laws around disability

Individual liberty

  • Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for own actions through the Positive Behaviour Strategy (PBS)
  • Orbis Abbey Rose School is striving to become a “Rights Respecting School” integral to this is that learners are aware of the UN Rights of a Child
  • Using “Natural consequences” as part of the PBS learners are helped to understand consequences of their actions

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • Learners develop their knowledge of various religions and faiths throughout the world and UK, by engaging in the cycle of festivals in school assemblies, in RE and PSHE
  • Learners are encouraged to respect the beliefs, non-beliefs and opinions of all
  • Learners develop their understanding that everyone is different



Wildlife at Orbis Abbey Rose

The magnificent seventeen-acre site is home to a wide variety of animal and bird species. Learners are encouraged to engage with nature through


The cellar of the old building provides a cosy roost for families of bats. The bats love to feed on the insects which breed in the fruit fallen from the apple tree in the quadrangle. These tiny neighbours are a wonderful living example of the dependence of one species on another and a starting point for teaching and learning about environmental issues. The school is working with the Bat Conservation Trust and the Gloucester Bat Group to ensure the bats have the best possible care.  All British bats are protected by law and Orbis takes stewardship of their environment with the utmost seriousness.


Roe deer can often be seen grazing on the field. They are very shy and will disappear if they become aware of human presence. They are often hard to spot when standing still but their white tails are visible bobbing through the long grass when they run through the long grass.



There are literally hundreds of rabbits on the site, we are careful not to disturb nests, although they are often found in the strangest of places, under the Astro turf on the sports pitches for example.


If you are very lucky you may spot a Red Kite hunting over the field, these stunning birds of prey have recently been reintroduced to England from Wales.

A more likely sight is that of the pheasants that strut around the field looking for food.


Chair of Governors: Rachel Hackling

Email: Rachel.Hackling@orbis-group.co.uk

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