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.