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 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 pupils.

We pride ourselves on our excellent pastoral care. The relationships 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 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.

pastoral care

Academic excellence

Through a combination of small classes and focused teaching from experienced and dedicated teachers, our 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 non-selective.

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News & Events

Gold Games Mark Award

Rookwood awarded School Games Gold Mark Award for its commitment to sport

The Sports Department is celebrating having achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the fourth year in a row….

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The Mayor of Test Valley presents pupils with certificates for success in national competition

The Rookwood School community were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Test Valley, his wife Councilor Celia Dowden and Rotarian…

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Rookwood School students and Head of Drama at Youth Speaks Competition

National Rotary Youth Speaks Competition Success

  Three of our pupils have been named as runners-up in the final of the National Rotary Youth Speaks Competition…

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Rookwood Family

Leo – Year 8

Everyone is really friendly and supportive.

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Miya – Year 11

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

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Chloe – Year 1

My teacher is amazing.

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