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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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A year 2 Rookwood School student studies a globe in geography class.

News & Events

LAMDA pupils once again take centre stage

15 Rookwood pupils from age 7 to 16 have once again gained top marks in their recent LAMDA exams with…

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New minibuses have arrived

We are thrilled with our shiny new fleet of minibuses. We offer numerous minibus routes to the towns and villages…

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Rook News Winter 2023

  Click the link below to view our newsletter. Rook News Winter 2023

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Creating Unforgettable Learning Experiences

At Rookwood School, we are dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of learning, and this term has been nothing short…

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Celebrating a Term of Victories

As we approach the end of a remarkable term at Rookwood School, we take immense pride in celebrating the numerous…

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Supporting Others Throughout the Term

As we reflect on the term, we are immensely proud of our community’s collective efforts to support those in need….

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A Term of Community and Connection

As we approach the end of a vibrant and eventful term at Rookwood School, we reflect on the key moments…

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Reflecting on an exciting term at Rookwood School

As we say farewell to a dynamic Autumn Term at Rookwood School, it is with great pleasure to share some…

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Little Rooks Nursery children

Pupils take part in ‘Elfridges’ experience to buy presents for their loved ones

  Inspired by the world-famous department store Selfridges, on Monday, 11th December, Rookwood School hosted Elfridges—an enchanting shopping experience tailored…

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Student of Rookwood Independent School posing.

Isabelle – Year 7

The school is really good at helping those who are finding things difficult and hard, they are really supportive when you need help and advice.

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Mr Smith, Head of Modern Languages at Rookwood School.

Mr Smith

It is the atmosphere of trust in our classrooms that enables pupils to continue enjoy making progress and ‘daring to know’.

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Student playing the ukelele.

Luca – Year 8

My favourite subject is PE, as I love practical subjects.

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