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


To go straight to our Safeguarding page click on the link below:



Covid Testing

7 Jan 21

Staff completed their training on Monday to enable us to carry out Lateral Flow Testing for both staff and students. One of the classrooms has been set up for testing, with registrations...


PSHE: #EndPeriodPoverty

23 Nov 20

As part of our PHSE programme and along with the National Schools Partnership,  we have registered for the Always & Tampax ‘About You’ puberty education initiative,  #EndPeriodPoverty which provides free sanitary products...


Coronavirus Guidelines for Parents

17 Nov 20

Thank you to parents and carers for following the guidelines that are in place to keep you, your child, your family and your school community safe. Here is an important reminder of the...


Building Work

11 Nov 20

We have been excited this week to see the start of the building work for our new reception and classroom. Students have had the opportunity to speak to Tim, the Site Foreman,...


Face Coverings Guidance, November 2020

6 Nov 20

As you will be aware schools and education settings will remain open during the new restrictions from today until 2nd December.  There is an expectation that your child attends school and attendance procedures will be followed in...


Remembrance 2020

5 Nov 20

  This years fantastic remembrance display has been made using the bottom of recycled plastic bottles cut and painted to look like poppies  


Kellogg’s grant to help fund our school breakfasts

22 Oct 20

Harbour Vale School has received a boost from Kellogg’s again this year, by being awarded a grant worth £1,000 to help fund our school breakfasts. These grants really help our school, a...


Thank you

6 Oct 20

We received a lovely thank you card today from the parents of one of our 2020 Year 11 leavers. To every member of staff at Harbour Vale School,  from the head through...


Covid symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?

17 Sep 20

Click on the link for news / health from the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54145299    


2020 GCSE Results

20 Aug 20

Well done to our Year 11 students, their hard work, revision and a good set of mock examination results  has meant that students have achieved the results they have deserved. Thank you...


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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