SENAD Rowden House School

Co-educational Day & Residential Senior & Sixth Form

Rowden, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS

01332 378840

Head of School

Mr Martin Carter

Age Range

11 – 19 years

Special Needs


Rowden House School provide individualised care and education programmes for children and young people aged 11 to 19 years, with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. We are able to offer a range of placement options including:

  • Day Placements

  • 52 weeks residential - Full residential care; our sites are registered children's homes

  • 38 week residential - Part time residential care

  • 39 to 51 week residential - where there is a need to provide additional residential support to meet the needs of the young person and their family

Our facilities and collective knowledge and expertise enable us to guide our youngsters through long term programmes of formal and informal education and development. We encourage all our children to develop a positive self image, promoting their ability to express their personal preferences through informed choice. This develops confidence enabling people to realise their full potential and grow into happy and healthy adults.

At Rowden House School we believe that every child has a right to live a fulfilling life, and develop their full potential educationally, emotionally and physically through:

  • Establishing a safe and stable environment

  • Providing a firm foundation for ongoing social and educational progress

  • Ensuring consistency and continuity across both educational and residential areas

  • Individualising programmes to suit the child's needs and ensuring progression

  • Developing communication through a 'total communication' approach

  • Improving undesirable behaviours with support from the Psychology Department

  • Self-evaluating progress on a continuous basis

Our approach to education ensures that learning experiences extend beyond the classroom to encompass every opportunity for pupils to develop to their full potential. Communication skills are a priority in our learning programmes. Our Speech and Language Therapists assess pupils and focus developing skills. This is underpinned by a range of strategies in a total communication environment. Challenging behaviours are addressed by implementing individually focussed positive programmes. These are developed with our Education Psychologist who supports staff to ensure a consistent approach in all environments. In addition, our incident recording system enables us to provide detailed records of behaviours and outcomes so these can be analysed and appropriate solutions implemented. We provide lots of opportunities for our pupils to demonstrate and celebrate their achievements. Together with the young person, parents, teachers, carers, social workers and key workers we establish annual objectives for the young person and individual education and care plans identify learning targets which are assessed and developed throughout the year. In Key Stage 3 the curriculum follows a topic based approach. In Key Stages 4 and 5 programmes of study are based on the EQUALS Curriculum Framework. Campus facilities include an ICT room, designated craft areas and a sensory room. Our young people are able to exercise in our purpose built leisure barn and relax in our play room, wet room and UV (dark) room.