New Dawlish special school officially opened

primary schoolchildren

Posted on: 21 September 2018

A new Dawlish special school will be officially opened next week.

Oaklands Park and Ratcliffe School have merged to become Orchard Manor School.

The new school will be officially opened by the chair of Devon County Council, Caroline Chugg, next Thursday (27) at 2.45pm.

Orchard Manor School caters for 165 students aged from three to nineteen years-old. They attend either as weekly residents or day pupils.

Orchard Manor is the largest residential special school in the county with pupils attending from all over Devon.

Executive Principal, Mark Rose, said:

“As a residential special school we provide personalised education and care for all our young people to support them to achieve their potential.”

“We provide a supportive learning environment where the holistic curriculum offers students opportunities to develop academic, practical, social and life skills and to build confidence, independence, self-identity and worth.”
James McInnesDevon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

“We want to provide as many places for children with special needs as close to their homes as possible.”

“We are increasing the number of places we can offer in our own special schools throughout the county and, in the future, there will be the possibility of expanding the places here in Dawlish.”

John Clatworthy

Local county councillor, John Clatworthy, said:

“I know the two schools have already been working closely together in a federation and the merger will build on that cooperation.

“The staff and governors are determined to make Orchard Manor School a centre of excellence for pupils with special educational needs and to develop the site to offer the highest quality of education and care.”

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