Why Rossbourne | Rossbourne School

Why Rossbourne

Rossbourne School is a unique secondary school catering for the needs of students who find social and academic success within a mainstream school difficult because of neuro-developmental challenges.

Our purpose is to enhance the life chances of our students by putting them at the centre of learning, and creating opportunities to develop independence, social connection, resilience and respectful relationships.

We strive to achieve this by:

  • Ensuring teachers have the skills to recognise and support students’ learning and personal development
  • Aligning curriculum with student needs
  • Developing and implementing personalised school programs in all key-learning areas.
  • Ensuring accountability for learning outcomes through focus on planning, assessment, evaluation and reporting


Rossbourne School is a well-resourced learning environment that is safe, enjoyable and supportive.

We strive to achieve this by:

  • Ensuring that all students experience success based on Individual Learning Plans and staff support
  • Providing explicit teaching in co-operative learning skills
  • Offering appropriate levels of challenge in a safe physical environment
  • Ensuring supportive structures exist for staff and students
  • Providing access to new technologies to enhance learning outcomes


Rossbourne School knows that all children can learn well given a conducive environment.

We strive to achieve this by:

  • Creating opportunities for active participation
  • Teaching students how to learn rather than only focusing on what to learn
  • Assisting students to see the connection between ‘school’ learning and ‘life’ learning
  • Providing relevant and meaningful learning activities


Rossbourne School teaches students the importance of being responsible for their own behaviour.

We strive to achieve this by:

  • Providing instruction regarding making choices
  • Ensuring structures exist to promote responsibility for personal actions
  • Choosing a positive focus and making every experience a learning experience


Rossbourne School culture is centred on positive partnerships.

We strive to achieve this by:

  • Recognising and promoting partnerships with students, teachers, parents and community
  • Teaching effective communication
  • Insisting that all interactions are dignified and respectful
  • Respecting all points of view
  • Celebrating diversity (valuing differences)
  • Encouraging activities that celebrates collegiality and promotes professionalism.