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About Rookwood Senior School

The senior school is a vibrant place where academic excellence is encouraged and expected. Our highly qualified and experienced staff prepare an exciting curriculum, which stretches and challenges all senior school pupils, leading to continued exam success. Whether that be a love of science, the creative arts, a passion for literature or achieving sporting excellence, we shape and develop our teaching to meet the needs of our senior school pupils.

We pride ourselves on our excellent pastoral care. The relationships senior school pupils develop with the staff and their peers epitomises ‘the Rookwood family’. We strive to support, champion and encourage individuals to be the very best version of themselves.

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Excellent pastoral care

Our Senior School places pastoral care at the heart of everything we do. This starts with form tutors who build positive relationships with their tutees. We also follow the Emotional Assertiveness programme, which teaches students the importance of respecting their own emotions and those of others. For those times when a senior school student needs some extra support, they are able to visit our ELSA-trained Pastoral Support Assistant, Mrs Newton, in The Hub or our Counsellor, Mrs Taylor.

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Rookwood School students in a lesson.

Academic excellence

Through a combination of small classes and focused teaching from experienced and dedicated teachers, our senior school students achieve excellent GCSE grades. With more than 40% of results at the highest Grades 7 to 9, we are in the Telegraph’s top 200 independent schools for GCSE grades. This is particularly impressive given that Rookwood is a non-selective independent secondary school.

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Grease at Rookwood School

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News & Events

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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Rookwood Turns 90

Rookwood School turns 90!

  This year, the school turns 90 and we are busy putting plans together to make sure we celebrate in…

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Example of artwork at Rookwood School

Examples of work – Art

  Each Friday during the term, we share an example of the pupils’ work. Watch the video below to see…

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Reception at Rookwood School

A term packed with enriching learning experiences

At Rookwood, our team work incredibly hard to deliver highly memorable learning experiences that not only engage and inspire our…

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Rookwood Family

Mr Winnett, Senior School Assistant Head and Maths Teacher.

Mr Winnett

I really enjoy helping the pupils to develop their confidence within the subject and we try to make maths enjoyable and accessible to everyone.

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Chloe in Year 1 of Rookwood Private Primary School.

Chloe – Year 1

My teacher is amazing.

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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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