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,
Director of Children’s services
Orbis Education and Care
If you require hard copies of any of these policies, please contact Lucy Pottinger, Director of Children’s Services
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.
Freedom of Information
• 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)
Head of education: Michelle Stone
Abbey Rose School
Orbis Education & Care Ltd,
Telephone Number: 01684 217770
Mike Currier, Chief Executive
Lucy Pottinger, Director of Children’s services
Orbis Education & Care Ltd,
Vision Court, Caxton Place
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 rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
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