About Abbeywood School

Abbeywood School is a co-educational, independent specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Rotherham, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, alongside a range of other associated conditions.

Abbeywood School, Rotherham Pupil

Notification: Coronavirus/COVID-19

We want to reassure parents and carers that as a school we are closely following government guidance concerning the current Coronavirus situation.  We are also regularly monitoring any updates concerning the guidance.  You can view the current government guidance by clicking the button below:

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Our Location

Abbeywood School is located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.  However, pupils who attend our school travel from across the Yorkshire region.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Abbeywood School experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location map here.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher of Abbeywood School

We offer our learners a wide variety of opportunities which are geared towards their needs and interests. Our values of trust, resilience, engagement and enjoyment are an intrinsic part of our day to day work.

Our commitment to learning beyond the classroom and passion for our locality means that learning is vibrant and captivating. Pupils can expect a skilled and energetic staff team who are committed to excellent outcomes for young people and invested in building a robust school community, which young people can belong to and be proud of.

Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas, Head Teacher at Abbeywood School

We are dedicated to providing:

The highest quality outcomes socially, emotionally and academically through a wide range of personalised opportunities.
Positive, safe and nurturing environments where pupils are valued as individuals and can develop their confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-discipline and respect.
Strong links between home, school and the wider community in order to support pupils’ learning and enable them to develop skills that will benefit them during and after their time at Abbeywood School.

Aims and Ethos

At Abbeywood School we are committed to providing our pupils with a caring, positive and welcoming learning environment for them to achieve their full potential in their education and develop their social communication.

The broad curriculum allows pupils to pursue both academic and vocational paths allowing individuals to strive in their areas of strength.


Our School at a Glance

Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high staff ratios and additional pastoral and academic support.
Dedicated family liaison to enable consistent communication with parents and carers and to support induction for new pupils.
Subject-specific classrooms - a workshop for resistant materials, a Hair and Beauty salon, Art room, Science laboratory and Food Technology area.
In-school Clinical Team which liaises with external agencies to provide highly effective and individual therapeutic interventions.
Internal Team Around the Child (ITAC) meetings where all staff involved with the child discuss progress and plan new strategies, establishing an integrated approach between education and therapy.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; Asperger’s Syndrome; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.