Parent testimonial:
Words cannot express how lucky Josh is to have you all as his education staff.  You are all a lot more than that to us. Your time, energy and support in good times and bad has meant the world to us as a family. Josh is coming on leaps and bounds and it's through your commitment and care he has been able to develop into the lovely cheeky young man he is......
Looking forward to next year when this can continue. He will save hugs up over the summer, be ready! Love you all, thank you. Have a fantastic Summer, love Ruth, Josh and family.  (July 2017)    

Parent testimonial:
"I don't know how to thank you enough for all your help, support and love.  It has meant the world to us as a family.  Thank you so much" love Kelly and Family

Parent testimonial:
"I had lost all hope in the education system for Josh, until he came to you and in the short time he has been with you guys he has become my little boy again.  I absolutely love that Josh comes home and talks about his day and all of you at The Roaches.  He smiles again and people now like to be around him. I honestly can't thank you enough for this, you have changed our lives back around.  Josh now has a bright future to look forward to which has only become possible by attending The Roaches and being taught by handful of people who truly care about his education and who have made him feel loved and most importantly wanted.  Thank you so much again for all you do for my family."

Parent testimonial :

"My son has been attending the Roaches School for four years. During this time he has been in full time education where previously he had been excluded from two mainstream placements.  His self esteem and confidence were very low prior to attending the Roaches.  He had attempted suicide at 7 years old and often stated he wished he was dead.  Since attending the Roaches his confidence has excelled, his behaviour has improved dramatically and he is much happier within himself - he likes himself.  This wouldn't have happened without the support from all the staff at the Roaches who I have regular contact with, and offer support not only to my son but to us as a family.  I feel that if my son had remained in mainstream school he would not have received a fulltime education or the support required for his condition. I would recommend the Roaches School to any family who have a child who requires a lot of extra support with not only their education but also their social and emotional needs and general wellbeing."

Leading in Education

Welcome to The Roaches School


We're OUTSTANDING again!!! NOVEMBER 2013

Following a fantastic Ofsted outcome in November 2010, we've done it again! We're outstanding! We were recently inspected in October 2013 and the visiting inspector said "the quality of the teaching is outstanding and pupils overwhelmingly agree".  This is a reflection of the dedication of the team at The Roaches and the commitment of our children to self improvement.  Moreover, this is a significant achievement for the school because the demands for an outstanding award are so great under the new inspection framework.  This was a team result; a joint venture by the pupils and staff team and the culmination of years of refinement and hardwork.

Awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in November 2010

The Roaches School is a therapeutic centre for children from the age of seven up to sixteen with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The needs of our children are extremely important as they are our future generation but for children who have social difficulties, placing them in the correct environment is paramount. This is where the Roaches excels. Based on two sites, Lower School (Lower Roach End Farm) nestling among heather-clad moorland and high rocky outcrops in the Peak District and Upper School (Satis House, St. John's Annexe and CatSkill) in the nearby green and leafy town of Biddulph, it is well positioned to help boys and girls with complex social difficulties to flourish.

In 2010 the school was awarded "Outstanding" by Ofsted and achieved "Healthy Schools" status. We are once again outstanding in 2013/2014.

The Roaches School has not received any complaints in the last twelve months. 27.04.2017 Matt Wilson