The Rise School
Hounslow, United Kingdom
About The Rise School
Welcome to The Rise School - A Vibrant Learning Community.
Welcome to our school community. Our pupils are some of the most vulnerable children in society and we are passionate in our desire to see them blossom, experience success and develop confidence and strategies to overcome some of the challenges associated with their autism. We have two pillars that run throughout all our work: the academic and social progress of our pupils. These are of equal importance.
Our school is a vibrant place to work. We’ve got great facilities: a wellbeing garden, sensory room, soft-play room and a gym – which staff use too. Break and lunch times are opportunities to play and interact with our pupils, role-modelling our values. Learning also takes place outside the classroom via frequent trips, camping, externally-led workshops, community trips and after school clubs.
Learning is at the heart of everything that we do at The Rise – we make the effort to make sure ‘learning is irresistible’ for our pupils and is equally underpinned by the principle of being evidence-informed. Learning is central for staff too - you are encouraged to take proactive ownership of your CPD. There are many ways to develop yourself which of course include conference attendance but goes beyond also: borrow a book from the staff library in the staffroom, read the L&T bulletin and platform, access an online learning course, talk and observe colleagues. Recommendations of books to add to our library, or courses you think look interesting, are always welcomed.
Team work is central to all our achievements at The Rise. You will find yourself part of a staff body who is empowered to be proactive and take their own initiative; are flexible and are willing to go above and beyond to support one another. The sense of community is developed through our Wellbeing initiatives such as ‘Secret Buddy’ and Friday’s 3-4pm slot where you can cultivate your wellbeing through learning something new or relating to your colleagues: we’ve had knitting, fitness, running, dance, relaxation, art sessions. Our community is strengthened by giving and receiving feedback to one another – its how we all grow and develop. We support our families through half-termly ‘Parent Meets’ and socials.
Our school values are Be Kind, Be Resilient, Be Proud. They were generated collaboratively and underpin our community. We explicitly teach, embed and celebrate these values, for example our kindness trees are growing outside each classroom. The Rise is a very special place for children and young people to learn, thrive and be happy, hand in hand with our families and carers. It’s an equally special place to work.
Welcome to the team!
Helen Ralston Head of The Rise School
The Rise School opened in September 2014 under the Government’s free school programme. It is the first school to be opened by the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust, a Multi Academy Trust. The school is registered for pupils aged 4 – 18 years who have autism. At full capacity the school is for 126 pupils including sixth form. At The Rise we are preparing our pupils for the next stage in their lives from the moment they join the school. We believe this to be our core purpose. At The Rise leaders have the highest of expectations of our pupils and staff. We have embedded a positive culture of teamwork. Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent. In the last academic year the leadership structure of the school has developed and changed.
At The Rise School 43% of pupils attract Pupil Premium (54 out of 126 pupils) 5.5% have English as an additional language and 41% (52 out of 126 Pupils) are registered for free school meals. At the heart of our school are our values based on discussions with all staff and then voted for by the pupils – Be Proud, Be Resilient, Be Kind. Our curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity to learn and develop in a creative and supportive learning environment where there is a clear focus on recognising achievement, supporting progression and where pupils feel happy and safe. In order for each pupil’s needs to be met, the curriculum is personalised, innovative, creative and flexible. The progress of disadvantaged pupils (PP) is in line with the whole pupil cohort. We have a whole school drive to improve the reading skills of all pupils.
Pupil progress is rapidly improving through the constant drive in the raising of standards in teaching and learning across the school.