ADO River Valley School
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Post 16
Special school
14 - 19
Other independent special school

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Poets Corner Centre
19a Keats Road
DA16 3NB

School Description

The first thing that pupils see when they come to school each day are ‘Tick’ and ‘Tock’, the school goats. The goats, alongside a wide range of animals, including rabbits, horses, chickens and degus, are all part of daily life at the school. Pupils work with the animals as part of the school’s approach to therapeutic care and delivery of the curriculum. For example, pupils gain qualifications in land-based studies and animal care. Pupils often come to this school after a long time of being out of education. One pupil summed up one of the successes of the school when they said, ‘It has opened me up to learning again.’ Pupils enjoy their time at school and know that adults are there for them. Pupils’ attendance significantly improves. Pupils respond to the school’s high expectations. They go on to achieve well, including in literacy and numeracy. All the gains that pupils make mean they are confident that they can be successful. The school helps to break down pupils’ barriers to learning. Pupils learn how to manage their emotions and to adapt their behaviour. They become more resilient learners, developing much more positive attitudes to learning.

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ADO River Valley School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.