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Abbeywood School

Abbeywood School is a co-educational, independent specialist day school in Rotherham providing high quality education for young people between the ages of 10 and 18. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils’ social, emotional and mental health needs and autism spectrum conditions, alongside a range of other associated conditions.


Our experienced staff team have the expertise and empathy to create a highly specialised and individualised learning environment in which all our pupils can reach their potential, both in terms of academic achievement and social development. Our highly resourced school provides an opportunity to study courses in a wide range of subjects and also vocational disciplines. Our specially designed classrooms, workshop and learning spaces offer all of our pupils' endless opportunity to discover, learn and achieve.

Pupils access a personalised, engaging and relevant curriculum with support from on-site therapists including Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Mental Health Practitioners.

Hall Cliffe School is part of the Witherslack Group.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Matthew Carbutt
Contact Position
Local Authority Partnership Manager
Sarah Douglas (Head Teacher) - 07557745745
01709 916900 (School Office)
Matthew Carbutt -
Abbeywood School

Where to go

Abbeywood School
Rother Way
South Yorkshire
S66 8QN

Inclusion Information

Cater for special dietary requirements
Dietary needs catered for
Lactose intolerant
Nut allergy
Gluten free
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Visual impairment
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Hearing impairment
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities

Other Details


If a placement at the school is agreed fees are paid by your Local Authority
Referral required
Referral Details

We have a formal admissions procedure and visits are welcomed from all interested parties.  Please contact the school directly if you would like to arrange a visit.

The local authority will send the child’s documentation to the school and the school’s admissions team will identify if Abbeywood School can meet their needs. If we are unable to meet the child’s needs we will support the referring parties by recommending a provision which is more suitable.

Children who the admissions team feel meet the admissions criteria will be offered an interview at school. The referring parties, parents/guardians and the child will be invited to attend this interview. The interview, held at the school, will include a tour of school and some informal assessments.

If the pupil is accepted, an offer letter will then be sent to the relevant parties with a possible start date and fees.

Age Range
10 years 0 months to 18 years 12 months

Local Offer


Abbeywood School caters for pupils with a range of needs, including the following:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Dyspraxia
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulty i.e. dyslexia, dyscalculia
  • Communication and interaction  difficulties
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance – additional to primary diagnosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- additional to primary diagnosis
  • Tourette’s Syndrome- additional to primary diagnosis

Our in-house therapeutic allows pupils access to Speech and Language Therapist, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Practitioner, Assistant Psychologist and Educational Psychologist, with access to the wider Witherslack Group Therapy team.

We have a small school (maximum 50 pupils) and small class groups with pupils grouped according to ability, where appropriate.

Contact Name
Matthew Carbutt
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Abbeywood School
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type

General Extended Local Offer Response

Do you operate a waiting list? 
Staffing arrangements 
Staffing levels varied according to need
How do you communicate with your service users? 
Parent training
Directly with parents/carers
Learning events
Progress updates provided
Communicating with service users details 

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