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Contributing to the wider school experience

Enrichment at Rookwood School adds a significant layer of provision that contributes to the wider school experience for senior school pupils. Opportunities are vast and pupils enjoy the choice, making lifelong memories and friendships that endure into adulthood.

A broad range of opportunities

Our pupils enjoy a range of sporting activities, enrichment opportunities, trips and adventurous outdoor experiences such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions. Many of our pupils participate in competitive events with local schools, others can be seen thriving in drama productions, either on stage acting or collaborating backstage with costume design or stage production. The musical life of Rookwood is also particularly special with many pupils developing a love of music by performing in symphomatic school events or channelling a personal ambition to master an instrument.

Rookwood Sixth Form student sitting with their mentee outside laughing.

Student Agency and Leadership

We thrive as a community and as such highly value the contribution our pupils bring to school life. A number of our pupils opt for leadership roles in our Senior School, which include the positions of Head Students, Prefects, House Captains and a thriving and active Pupil Council. The views and opinions of our pupils matter – it is their school after all – which is why we strongly encourage pupils to have a sense of agency over their learning and school experience. This may be co-creating a new part of the curriculum with their teacher, contributing to innovation for digital learning, or actually leading a new extra curricular club for a cause that matters most to them. At Rookwood, daring to learn means daring to shape their school experience too.

A Rookwood School secondary student being mentored by a sixth form student.

Learning for Life

Our older pupils also have the opportunity to explore the world of work with organised work taster days and participation in community and service-based activities for local causes. At Rookwood School we learn for life, not just exams.

A Rookwood School Food Technology teacher teaching a classroom.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

This profound national programme of practical, cultural and adventurous challenges is designed to aid the development of young people in the UK. At Rookwood, we very much support this and offer Bronze and Silver levels focusing on 3 key areas: volunteering in the local community, pursuing a skill or hobby and taking part in physical recreation. Pupils are also required to plan, train for and complete a self-sufficient expedition. Participation in the Award develops important attributes and qualities in our pupils including self-motivation, commitment, self-awareness, initiative, persistence and self-discipline. Additionally, they gain valuable experience in key skills such as working with others, communication and problem solving.

Rookwood School students ready to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

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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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.