The Rise School opened in September 2014 under the Government’s free school programme. It is the first school to be opened by the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust, a Multi Academy Trust. The school is registered for pupils aged 4 – 18 years who have autism. At full capacity the school is for 96 pupils plus sixth form. At The Rise we are preparing our pupils for the next stage in their lives from the moment they join the school. We believe this to be our core purpose. At The Rise leaders have the highest of expectations of our pupils and staff. We have embedded a positive culture of teamwork. Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent. In the last academic year the leadership structure of the school has developed and changed. Ofsted October 2015 – “The pace of improvement has accelerated since the beginning of September when the Head Teacher’s appointment became permanent.”
At The Rise School 49% of pupils attract Pupil Premium (24 out of 49 pupils, 10.2% have English as an additional language and 41% are registered for free school meals. At the heart of our school are our values based on discussions with all staff and then voted for by the pupils – Be Proud, Be Resilient, Be Kind. Our curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity to learn and develop in a creative and supportive learning environment where there is a clear focus on recognising achievement, supporting progression and where pupils feel happy and safe. In order for each pupil’s needs to be met, the curriculum is personalised, innovative, creative and flexible. The progress of disadvantaged pupils (PP) is in line with the whole pupil cohort. We have a whole school drive to improve the reading skills of all pupils.
Pupil progress is rapidly improving through the constant drive in the raising of standards in teaching and learning across the school.