About Us

In October 2013 the school was awarded "Outstanding" by Ofsted and we are currently undergoing our second round of assessment for the Healthy Schools programme having first achieved Healthy Schools Status in 2010.

The Roaches School is a Residential Special School (DfE Reg.No. SS/860/6017) with two main sites.The emphasis throughout is the provision of quality care and education. Ofsted say "the quality of the teaching is outstanding and pupils overwhelmingly agree".

The School, as a whole, accommodates up to 58 pupils, including day pupils, between the ages of 7-16 on a long or short term basis in a variety of accommodation, both on and off site. Its specialism is caring for and educating children and young people who have severe emotional and/or behavioural difficulties as well as a history of failed placements.

The children are taught through a broad and balanced practical curriculum which takes full advantage of the Peak District Park and excellent local amenities. The Lower School is situated in the National Park itself and the Upper School has the National Park within easy access. Outdoor activities with trained instructors are a specialist feature of the School.

The programmes of education, care and behaviour modification are based on the existence and maintenance of an atmosphere and culture within which children and their families, (where appropriate) are able to feel secure enough to begin to explore the reasons underpinning their difficulties.

All children at the school undergo a system of educational assessment and regular review resulting in Individual Education Plans geared to the specific needs of each child.

A unique feature of the school is its network of registered Community Houses (1 - 4 beds) which allows a planned progression from residence on the main school buildings to fostering/return to home. Children are able to experience community living at a pace that is controlled by their individual progress while still receiving the benefits of the approved education provision.

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