Harbour Vale School -

Harbour Vale School provides a friendly, safe and welcoming environment.

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Our curriculum is designed to enable our students to achieve their full potential.

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We provide students with the necessary skills and abilities to be successful members of society.


We treat every student as an individual with their own wants, needs, gifts and talents.

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Welcome to
Harbour Vale School

Harbour Vale School provides alternative education for students aged 11-16 who are unable to access mainstream education. We pride ourselves on having a child-centered approach and embrace the school ethos of:

Believe, Achieve, Succeed.

Covid-19 School updates can be found on the News and Events page of our website along with information for students on the Curriculum page



Back to Basics

16 Jun 20

Returning to school? Watch this short video to find out how to make going back a little easier. The film includes advice on sleeping, healthy eating and exercise and the benefits of...


Thank you’s

22 May 20


Up-date from SAST on Schools re-opening

22 May 20

21st May 2020 Since the government announced plans to welcome back selected year groups of students into schools from the 1st June, at the earliest, we have been working closely with headteachers...


VE Day Celebrations

6 May 20

Here are some fun VE Day celebration activities that we thought you might enjoy! VE Day Celebrations


A Message to our Students

25 Mar 20

We hope you are all well and making the most of your time at home. If anyone of you needs to speak with staff please use the email office@sherborne-lc.org.uk  and someone will...


Transforming Harbour Vale: Open Evening

4 Mar 20

We are holding an Open Evening on Thursday 5th March from 5-7pm, to share our plans to improve the site over the coming months. Local residents and interested parties are invited to...


DfE Advice: COVID-19

24 Feb 20

Covid-19 – Update from SAST Thursday 19 March 2020 7.30am An update from the DfE via SAST Department for Education - Schools will close from Monday, except for children of key workers...



27 Jan 20

          Following two weeks of mock exams some of our students enjoyed a change of pace with a reward trip, 10 Pin Bowling, both staff and students had...


Art Trip

13 Dec 19

Students recently visited the Bootmakers in Wincanton, a creative workshop which also has a lovely pizza oven where they made tasty pizzas to eat for lunch and produced some lovely stencil paintings.


Christmas Wreath Making

13 Dec 19

Students enjoyed making Christmas Wreaths along with Mulled soft drinks, mince pies and cake


Victoria Rashleigh, Head of School

I hope that our school website provides you with all the information you need to know about our school. Harbour Vale School staff and governors are committed to making a difference to every student who attends, supporting them to move on successfully

We are a short stay alternative provision for students who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education, for students who may be at risk of permanent exclusions(dual registered) , students who have specific medical needs and students who need SEND assessments from Year 7-11, located in Sherborne, North Dorset.

Harbour Vale prides itself on having a child-centred approach and we base all of our communication on our school ethos of

Believe Achieve Succeed


Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

The majority of students arrive with significant gaps in their learning, we aim to tackle their barriers to learning before challenging them on their academic achievements.

We provide students with the right support and interventions to allow students to be successful, build self-confidence, become more resilient, with a broad and balanced curriculum, alongside a range of activities and opportunities that support them to re-integrate and engage back in mainstream education or a specialist school settings, or move on to college or an apprenticeship with the correct academic achievements enable this to happen.

We are a ‘trauma informed school’ and approach all students with these practices. We will support the students with their emotional literacy, mentoring opportunities, sports coaching, anger management, emotion coaching, mental health first aid, sensory opportunities and family workshops.

All of the above is to ensure our students get supported with all aspects of school life, academically and emotionally to become resilient and independent learners who can manage their own behaviour, emotional and ultimately the next step in their young lives.


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