Rowdeford School is an extemely successful and effective school specialising in the education of young people with complex needs and autistic spectrum disorders.
The school was recently inspected by Ofsted and is awarded as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. Particular attention was given to the excellence of its ‘Outdoor Learning Programme.’ The school also recently received a Gold Award LOtC Mark (Learning Outside the Classroom) a first for a UK Special School recognising the extremely high quality of this important aspect of the schools work which extends to training as well as teaching.
Rowdeford Charity Trust (RCT) was founded in 2001 (Registered Charity No 1088605)) and works with Rowdeford School and the community to advance the education of children and young people with disabilities or special needs, especially by developing, renovating and conserving the building and grounds of Rowdeford School.
Since the formation of the Trust over a million pounds has been raised and spent within the School benefiting both the pupils and the local community. Some recent Trust financed projects
- Rare breed pig rearing
- Victorian Walled gardens- Restored and created as a working example of a Victorian walled garden
- Apple Store – Restored Victorian Apple Store
- Sports Hall – a shared use facility with the local community.
- Disabled access and Trim Trail
- Wildflower Meadow
- Sensory Gardens
- Woodland Nature Reserve –Pathways were created suitable for wheelchair users.
- Arts Centre – An arts and music therapy centre created from what was a derelict Coach House.
The Trust's next significant project is to fundraise for and build an Outdoor Learning Centre that can be used by the school, the community and others sharing traditional outdoor skills and learning. See 'Projects' for more details.
(Photo - copyright - Paul Morris Wiltshire Gazette and Herald )