Rutherford School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
1a Melville Avenue
South Croydon
020 86887560
3 - 19
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School Description

Rutherford School is an independent special day school registered for 29 pupils aged from three to 19 years with profound and multiple learning difficulties, complex medical needs, degenerative conditions and sensory impairments. The school is part of the Garwood Foundation and opened in 1950. It is situated in a residential area of South Croydon and occupies a building that was originally a large family home that has been significantly extended to include specialist facilities. No use is made of any off-site provision. The school operates a Saturday Club on behalf of its local authority. This is also offered to pupils not on the school roll. The school is led by the headteacher with the support of the school manager, the nursing manager and a senior teaching mentor. No formal middle management arrangements exist. Currently, 25 pupils are on roll aged from eight to 18 years, all of whom have a statement of special educational needs. None is independently mobile and all have limited verbal communication skills. The majority of pupils come from the London Borough of Croydon and a minority are from neighbouring boroughs. The school adopts an interdisciplinary approach and aims to enhance every learner’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. Through this approach it aims to enable pupils to develop their potential and live life to the full.

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