Special school
Great Howarth Road, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL12 9HJ


We recognise that the issues faced by a person can affect their learning abilities. Education is a key aspect in a child and young person's life and a vital driver for change and future development.

We have developed a range of academic and creative studies to challenge and inspire each child. We provide space and opportunity for a rich diversity of educational experience.

All are enabled to develop lively, enquiring minds as they gain greater independence and self-belief. Our education values the creation of an ethos that is caring, supportive and collaborative, providing the foundation upon which personalities can grow and skills and abilities find full expression.

We promote a culture which is high in expectation, enabling all to achieve their optimum potential.

Contact phone

01706 631804

Opening times

Monday to Friday, School term time Afternoon, Morning

Needs a referral?


Referral details

Referral via EHCP or local placing authority
Ofsted URN: 135753

Ofsted rating

Requires improvement

Local Offer details

Great Howarth School is registered with Ofsted for 24 pupils and has large subject specific rooms such as a fully equipped teaching kitchen and IT department, to large community areas for recreation, assembly and outside play. At Great Howarth School we: Specialise in working with young people with a range of complex needs; Support young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties; Provide a safe learning environment; Provide person-centred care, promoting individual learning and study; Work to pupils strengths and interests; Maintain strong family links; Manage professional support of young people; Have a pro-active team - high expectations of staff and young people; Promote core values of honesty, care, trust, consistency and reliability.

How do you identify special educational needs and disabilities?

The needs are identified through EHCP

How do ensure a child’s education meets their needs?

We offer bespoke education packages for young people 11+ who have found mainstream education challenging. Each pupil has a package of education tailored to their individual needs, delivered within a safe and supportive environment.

How will we know my child is progressing?

We consistently monitor and review our provision and ensure it meets the needs of pupils within our school.

How will you support my child’s overall wellbeing?

We have progress update meetings and regular review meetings where parents are invited. Progress reports are sent home regularly and we have an open door policy for parents

What specialist services and expertise are available?

we are a small school which specialises in educating individuals with a range of complex social, educational and behavioural needs. We value each pupil as an individual: each one an important member of our school community. We enjoy learning in our school and value education. Behaviour is good in school and we have strong beliefs and values

How are staff trained on extra needs?

We support our staff teams to deliver psychologically informed care. Our STAR therapeutic training package (Safety focussed,Trauma aware,Attachment informed,Resilience building) helps staff to develop the specialist skills to support our children and young people's social, emotional and behavioural needs. STAR is underpinned by attachment and trauma models and helps promote the use of a therapeutic re-parenting approach, drawing on the DDP model called PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy). We recognise that it is the connectedrelationshipwith our staff which can provide the most fundamental vehicle for change.Training and ongoing support for our staff is essential.

How will you support my child's needs?

Regular external visits to local parks, libraries, gym, wildlife parks, national trust properties.

How do you support children when they start and leave?

We are a small school and can offer individual packages tailored to individual needs.

What support can I expect for my child?

Bespoke packages to improve literacy, numeracy and ensure pupils make more than expected progress

How will I be involved in my child's education?

Individual school mentor and support packages tailored to individual need