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Our School

We warmly welcome you to North Ridge Community School and hope you find the information on this website a useful introduction to our school. We intend that the time your child spends with us will be happy and valuable. At North Ridge we aim to provide the very highest standards of education to enable our children and young adults to reach their full potential.

Our School

Our School Ethos & Values 

North Ridge is a community day special school for 119 pupils aged 3-19 years with severe learning difficulties with some pupils having additional needs. Our new school opened in September 2008, as part of the restructuring of special schools in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The new building opened to pupils in January 2009 and offers a wide range of specialist learning areas and outdoor play areas. All the staff have high expectations of the children and themselves, and work in partnership to ensure each child becomes a confident, talented learner. 

NRCS Vision 

Mission Statement

Hold my hand and walk with me.

We must break the back of social inequity;

We must empower every individual with a disability

To live with dignity in an inclusive society.

William E. Lightbourne


North Ridge Community School believes that;

  • all pupils are individuals, are of equal worth, have the potential to learn and have a unique contribution to make to the life of the school, their family and the community
  • all pupils are entitled to a stimulating and challenging education of the highest quality within which they know that their achievements are valued          
  • pupils learn and thrive in an environment of high expectations and positive attitudes and that teaching is most effectively delivered by a dynamic professional team of highly motivated and well trained staff with a passion to educate
  • our school should be structured, caring, yet innovative, so that teaching can be flexible and exciting whilst never losing sight of each pupil’s need to constantly learn and make progress            
  • we should foster understanding and positive attitudes towards our pupils across the community and develop the role of the school as part of the total educational provision in Doncaster and the surrounding area.


Our aims

  • To prepare pupils well for each successive stage of their development and to benefit from those experiences, opportunities and responsibilities that help build maximum independence in adult life.
  • To provide a curriculum that is broad and balanced and also appropriate to the physical, emotional, developmental, social and spiritual needs of the individual.
  • To provide an environment that is safe yet stimulating, supportive and yet promotes independence and has strong community values whilst recognising the individual’s need for autonomy.    
  • To provide an education which discourages prejudice, discrimination and unequal opportunity based on such things as race, religion, class, sexuality or disability.
  • To work holistically with other children’s services, both within and outside the school, to benefit the whole child and their family.


Our Projects with an Impact on Teaching & Learning

As part of our annual school development planning we aim to action projects and initiatives which have an impact on Teaching & Learning. These are just some of our current projects/initiatives:

  • Resourced Leading Parent Partnership - Impact: Developing the way we work with our parents and the community
  • Resourced Environmental Officer - Impact: To engage children to make learning fun, and at the same time to learn core values such as Numeracy, Literacy, Art/Craft and discipline via horticulture, conservation, nature, seasons and enterprise projects.
  • Resourced out of School Visits e.g. Theatre Visits, Foreign Culture, Sporting Activities & Art - Impact: Improved student participation. Students learn independence, citizenship, team building and communication skill, but most of all have fun!
  • Resourced 'Samba' Music Lessons - Impact: Children throughout the school learn basic rhythms and how they fit together, developing into a fully participating, interacting group of people sharing a musical experience together.
  • Resourced School Choir Lessons - Impact: Students learn how to sing together and allows practice to improve musical skills

Community Events

Calendar Sprite Cake Sale and SEND magazine

A huge thanks to everyone who supported the cake sale in aid of Love Manchester. Class 6 raised a fabulous £139. Well done! We are happy to be able to share the latest copy of SEND magazine with you.  Please click on the link to read a digital version of the March magazine.

SEND Magazine March 2017 digital

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News Events

News Sprite Thanks and Letters to Parents

We would like to send a great big THANK YOU to Ikea for their continuing support in supplying us with their surplus equipment. Please find below letters sent out to parents including a letter from our new Interim Executive Head Richard Horton.

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Term Dates

Calendar Sprite View Our Term Dates

Term Dates for  2016/2017 and 2017/2018  are available here

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Books Sprite Our Prospectus Is Online All your questions answered in our online prospectus Read More