Where Individuality Leads Learning

Rosewood Free School is a day school for pupils aged 2-19 years with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). The school accepts pupils from Southampton and Hampshire.  We cater for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties between the ages of two and nineteen years.  There are currently 66 pupils on roll.

The school has designed and implemented a bespoke curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. The school places a strong emphasis on research and development so the curriculum is innovative and dynamic.

The classrooms and resources are specifically designed to meet the needs of our pupils. We place a strong emphasis on the development of Environmental Control across the curriculum and have invested in technology to give pupils more opportunities to control their environment.

There are gardens and outdoor spaces with wheelchair accessible play equipment, an interactive hydrotherapy pool, a state of the art Multi-Sensory Room, and an Enrichment Room that allow us to design and create an environment for children to explore and control.

Pupils attending Rosewood Free School have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or they attend on an assessment placement. This includes a lively Post 16 provision “The Hub” which also caters for learners with severe and complex learning difficulties including additional physical and sensory impairments. The school population consists of pupils from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The school has a needs led approach to education. Each child is assessed in five key skill areas, Communication, Cognitive Development, Environmental Control, Physical Skills and Personal, Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Targets are set in each of these areas and are taught throughout the school day; a truly personalised approach to learning.

Rosewood is also part of the Specialist Schools Trust. Although a small MAT in terms of number of schools, currently two (Rosewood free School and Great Oaks School), the Trust serves over 300 children and their families and covers a full range of SEND from moderate learning disabilities to Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. You can read more about the SST on its website.