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RECEPTION STAY, TEA & PLAY: Attend one of our fun-filled sessions this Summer term. Find out more.

PLACES AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER: We have a number of places available for September 2024 entry. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

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Rookwood values

Rookwood has evolved over the 90 years since it was first formed, and we continue to offer families a nurturing choice of school that both educates and develops your child. Values of kindness, cooperation and community are essential components of life at Rookwood. These values form the foundations for so much of what we do, placing us as the school of choice for a family that wants a school that develops character and calibre. We know our families well, nourish our pupils’ potential and prioritise the need to ensure that life at school feels like an extension of home.

Rookwood School's Highfield reception building in Andover, Hampshire.

The Rookwood Way

At Rookwood School, our school motto is ‘Sapere Aude’, which means ‘Dare to Learn’ and it certainly represents what we stand for. We challenge our pupils to have courage, to learn new things, develop new skills and deepen their understanding. We encourage them to know and understand themselves and those around them. To recognise that life has its ups and downs and that through knowing themselves they learn to build on their experiences and develop as our future citizens.

A Rookwood School pupil in a history class pointing at a display of an ancient village.

A Nurturing Choice

We recognise that many of our parents are making important decisions about their child’s education and that they often have to make other sacrifices to enable their child to have the education that they believe is so important. When parents tour the school, they immediately notice small classes where pupils receive constant focus and attention, mutual respect between pupils themselves and with staff, as well as the passion teachers have for developing and nurturing every child. Parents quickly see that what we offer is exactly what will make a difference to their child and enable them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

A staff member leading a session with pupils of Rookwood School's Little Rooks Nursery.

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News & Events

Rookwood's Champions of Antarctica

Rookwood School recognised for commitment to protecting Antarctica

  Rookwood School is thrilled to announce that we have been recognised by the esteemed 2041 School charity for our…

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Former pupils of Rookwood School

Former pupils and colleagues return to Rookwood

On Friday 24th May 2024, we held a very special 90th Year Alumni Afternoon Tea. It was wonderful to welcome…

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Reception child in classroom

Stay, Tea and Play in Reception

  If you are interested to learn more about life in Reception Class at Rookwood School for September 2024 entry,…

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Platinum Mark Award for Sport at Rookwood School

Platinum sports success for Rookwood School

  In May last year, Rookwood School was awarded the Gold Award for the fourth year running by the School…

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Year 10 pupils’ success in basketball

  Our Year 10 pupil Oliver played this season for the Abingdon Eagles Basketball Team in the U16s National League,…

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Paul Robinson and family

Rookwood School’s new Head from September 2024

We are thrilled to introduce Mr Paul Robinson as the new Head of Rookwood School from September 2024. Currently serving…

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Pupil singing into microphone

Rookwood pupil reaches final of national musical theatre competition

Rookwood School is thrilled to announce the exceptional achievement of Macey, a talented Year 11 pupil. Having achieved her Grade…

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World Book Day at Rookwood School

Rook News Spring 2024

  Click the link below to view our newsletter. Rook News Spring 2024

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Swimming pool at Rookwood School

Spring Term Reflections: Celebrating achievements and looking ahead

  As I reflect on a very busy Spring Term, I do so with a great sense of gratitude to…

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A student and staff member cooking healthy, filling food as part of an enrichment project at Rookwood School.

Rupert – Upper Sixth

My EPQ which has challenged me from an academic perspective as well as offering personal development.

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Student, Miya, in Year 11 of Rookwood Independent Senior School.

Miya – Year 11

My teachers have worked really hard to prepare me for my GCSEs.

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Student holding a ukelele at Rookwood Independent School.

Leo – Year 8

Everyone is really friendly and supportive.

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Reception child

Stay, Tea and Play sessions in Reception

We are holding a number of sessions in June. The sessions will provide a wonderful chance for your child to become familiar with life in our Reception class ahead of September.

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