The Journey through Education at Rossie aims to re-engage young people in learning, promote achievement and attainment as well as developing skills for learning, life and work.
Education at Rossie
We provide our young people with a highly commended education provision through which they increase confidence, self esteem and independence in learning.Read More
We have high expectations of, and aspirations for our young people and we encourage them to be the best they can be in order to reach their potential. As a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) approved school, we deliver the Curriculum for Excellence, National Qualifications as well as GCSE provision.
We have two schools, one secure and one residential. Our education team consists of our Head of Education, Training and Development, and 14 Education staff. The school day starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm (12.40pm on a Friday). We work collaboratively with other professional staff in Rossie to make the most of all learning opportunities which are available to our young people are in our care.
What we do
We have a dual-qualification system and offer National Qualifications that are recognised via the Scottish Curriculum and the English National Curriculum.Read More
The Curriculum for Excellence is delivered by our highly skilled teaching team with our young learners accessing a Broad General Education and our Senior Phase learners working towards a range of National Qualifications. Young people leave Rossie with an extensive portfolio of qualifications, including GCSE’s, National Governing body awards and Personal Achievement awards.
Personalisation and choice is a key feature of the curriculum on offer at Rossie. Individualised Learning Pathways are identified in the initial stages of attending school, from this we can ensure a suitable learning pathway is put in place that will meet our learners’ needs.
We offer a broad range of subjects which are in line with the Curriculum for Excellence. We have recently broadened our curriculum to include both Dance and Forest Schools.Read More
Currently, our subjects include:
Craft Design and Technology
Personal and Social Education
Information and Communication Technology
Our Forest School is a holistic approach to education and has added extensive opportunities for our young people to gain skills for learning, life and work.Read More
Forest Schools takes a learner-centred approach and is a creative means for delivery of the Scottish curriculum in its widest context, using the outdoors. Forest Schools, however, is more than just delivering the curriculum, sessions are planned to be open-ended, flexible and responsive to individual needs. The Forest School is another way for young people to discover strength and interests, out of the classroom.
Our Eco-School is operated under the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).Read More
The programme spans across the school and the whole organisation to encourage learning about sustainability. Similarly to our Forest School, our young people are encouraged to engage in their environment, while learning about how they can actively protect it. Our young people are encouraged to take pride in the environment which surrounds them at Rossie.
The goal of our Eco-School is to ensure that our staff and young people can live and work in a litter-free, clean and tidy environment. This is achieved through various activities involving our young people such as learning about horticulture and how to grow their own produce, litter picking, and lessons about the importance of conservation. Our Garden Club recently won an Award from the Horticultural Society for our ‘All You Can Eat’ garden. Our young people have been able to see the results of their hard work, as they nurture and care for their produce.
2017 saw Rossie being presented with the ECO-School Bronze Award and latterly Silver Award status. Our submission for Green Flag status, which is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning is pending and currently awaiting assessor approval.
Opportunities to Achieve and Learn New Skills
In partnership with Dundee and Angus College our established Hair and Beauty Salon frequently welcomes students and lecturers to work with our young peopleRead More
Future pathway planning and positive destinations are an integral part of a young person’s journey at Rossie. Our Throughcare worker works closely with young people and organisations such as Skills Development Scotland, Volunteer Action Angus and Links Park Community Trust to ensure young people have access to training, apprenticeships, further education or employment on their departure from Rossie. For more information on our Throughcare services, visit our Throughcare page.
Supporting our Young People in Education
Upon arrival young people are introduced to the school via our highly commended and very successful Induction programme (HMIe 2018).Read More
There is a notional 3 week period for Induction throughout which time an Individualised Learning and Reporting Plan is developed. The Induction process allows for various assessment to be progressed and for the young person to establish meaningful relationships with both peers and staff. Class sizes are restricted to 4 in our secure school and 6 in our residential school. This restriction on class numbers presents opportunities for increased one to one and individualised support.
Individualised Learning and Reporting Plans
We develop an Individualised Learning and Reporting Plan at point of entry to meet the educational needs of each young person.We start this process during the Induction stage and review progress every 6 weeks.
We work with the young person to draft this plan which is a way to track their application, progress and successes, and is managed through a traffic lights assessment system. This approach helps teachers identify the subject areas in which each young person is succeeding, and where young people require additional support.
The Individualised learning and Reporting plan is shared with Parents and relevant Partners and is part of the school’s reporting processes.
How we are regulated
We are inspected every 4-6 years by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. Inspections ensure we continue to plan for improvement.Read More
Our recent achievement of four ‘Very Goods’, assessed us as one of the strongest of all Residential Special schools across Scotland that had been inspected under the new inspection framework. This assessment also positions us as one of the top 5 schools in Scotland who has been inspected under this framework.
Within our Education Department we have two HMIe Associate Assessors who work with Education Scotland including our Head of Education and our Principal Teacher of Residential Education. This ensures that Rossie is in a strong position to bring new learning and developments back into our learning environment for the benefit of our young people and staff.
Our School Community
Rossie is at the heart of the local community, reciprocally fostering relationships between pupils, staff and families.
Rossie affords young people day trips to places of historical, cultural, sporting and educational interests and are member of the National Trust for Scotland.
Rossie adopts a local charity each year. Our young people work with our Charity Co-ordinator to raise awareness and funds. Our young people have supported a number of charities including NHS Tayside’s Children’s Ward, Guide Dogs, McMillan and Wigs for Kids, and raised money through candy/bake sales, hamper raffles and sponsored walks.
Each year, our young people showcase their varied talents in our vibrant Christmas Extravaganza.
Fun days are held throughout the year. This enables young people, staff, families/carers and members of the local community to come together to enjoy an array of activities arranged by our young people.
Our Latest Achievements
Who we help
Fantastic facilities – the opportunities for young people to learn, develop and grow is amazing. Such a great place for young people
– Panel Member
We support our young people through all aspects of their stay, while giving them hope for the future. Find out more if you’re a young person looking for more information.
Parents & Carers
We ensure parents and carers are involved in their child’s care plan as much as possible. Find out more if you’re a parent or carer looking for more information.