Headteacher's Welcome

Furze Down School: A Centre of Excellence for Special Educational Needs

On behalf of the staff, pupils and governors, I am delighted to introduce our school. I was appointed to this school as a Teacher in 1995 and as Headteacher in 2015. Over the years I have seen the school develop into the outstanding provision that it is today, providing a supportive and aspirational environment for children with complex Special Educational Needs. This was recognised by Ofsted in 2006, 2009 and 2014.

Our values of personal responsibility and respect have been instrumental in developing an ethos where views, beliefs and differences are appreciated and given a voice. Ofsted recognised our strong emphasis on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, judging behaviour to be outstanding and support for families exceptional.

Our Specialist SEN Status was awarded in July 2009 in recognition of our leading practice in supporting children with Communication and Interaction difficulties, and this became the starting point for us to develop as a Centre of Excellence for SEN.

In June 2011 the Local Authority secured approval to proceed with a rebuild of the school. This investment has enabled us to create a beautiful building that provides pupils with a seamless learning journey, building on experiences, skills, knowledge and understanding as they progress through the school. It has also allowed us to take forward our ambitious plans for the future in an exciting and aspirational learning environment; supporting and empowering our children and young people to develop the resilience and determination to succeed amidst the challenges and opportunities of 21st Century life.

The rest of this website will enable you to share our vision for the new school and enjoy some of the achievements of our exceptional community.

With kind regards,

Alison Rooney