Mowbray School

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to our school and I hope that the information provided gives you an insight into the needs of the children and a flavour of what we do. Mowbray school is a delightful school, with a warm and welcoming staff; and pupils who make each other feel quickly part of our community. We are a North Yorkshire County Council community special school, located in the Georgian market town of Bedale and set in a beautiful rural setting.

The school environment and our community, provides opportunities for pupils to enjoy their learning both within the school building, the onsite school farm and beyond its boundaries, providing exciting and adventurous activities, which help them learn and develop.

The school educates and cares for statemented pupils aged three to sixteen, with a wide range of learning difficulties; including moderate and severe learning difficulties; autistic spectrum condition; speech, language and communication difficulties; social emotional behavioural difficulties and physical & sensory impairments. Purpose-built and opened in 1982, the school is well resourced and has been adapted over the years to meet the needs of the ever-changing pupil population. It has a very large catchment area, covering 1400 square miles, with pupils from both rural and urban areas, and five military bases.There are 179 pupils on the school roll, all of whom have a Statement of Special Educational Needs. The school was inspected by Ofsted in January 2013 and graded good in all aspects and good overall, with partnerships with parents outstanding, to see the report please look in the useful links section of the website. We are very proud to be accredited by the National Autistic Society, this status was awarded in December 2012.

The school ethos of achieving ‘Success through Understanding, Respect and Endeavour’ - SURE - underpins all learning and the values that parents, pupils and staff wish to promote and develop. The ability range of the pupils is wide, from p2ii to GCSE pass grades. Accommodating this range of ability and individual pupil needs means that learning is personalised and pupils are grouped by ability within the Key Stages. Some pupils attend mainstream schools and colleges across the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Harrogate districts, within North Yorkshire.

Jonathan Tearle M.Ed B.Ed (Hons)