Headteacher: Graeme Cheyne
Director of Schools and Governance: Tara Gratton
Age range: 10-19
Local Authority: North Yorkshire
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A unique and exciting new school

Clervaux Garden School is an innovative and exciting new school. Situated on our 100 acre biodynamic farm, our holistic curriculum provides the skills, experience and context necessary for young people aged 10-19 years with complex social, emotional, behavioural, learning differences (including Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)) and other disabilities to flourish and thrive in modern society. Our school is a place of therapeutic learning and growing which brings together hand, heart, head, and place to support personal development and progression.

Our vision , values and educational method resonate through everything we do at Clervaux Garden School.

Student and tutor at Clervaux Garden School working with textiles

Our Vision

We believe that each individual has the potential to shape their own future through experiencing meaningful relationships with universe, earth and people.

Our Values

We value:

  • Inclusive learning and living activities that integrate practical activity, thinking, our emotions and mutual respect; we strive to understand all people’s differences and uniqueness.
  • The capacity for re-imagination present in all people, towards positive change and development.
  • Openness, goodwill, tolerance and treating individuals with dignity and respect.

Our Method

All pupils are taught and cared for through Ruskin Mill Trust’s research-based method, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE).  Practically applied principles, known as the Seven Fields of Practice, underpin PSTE and guide each pupil’s journey.  These are: genius loci (spirit of place), practical skills, biodynamic ecology, therapeutic education, holistic support and care, holistic medicine and transformative leadership and management.  Through PSTE, we aim to help each individual develop their own capacity for self-generated conscious action.  Each pupil is provided with an individualised and tailored curriculum such that the practical skills they will engage with are those specifically chosen to meet their own developmental needs. 

PSTE also extends into the residential 24-hour curriculum through holistic care and support, contributing to and improving general wellbeing and health.  All pupils benefit from our seed-to-table philosophy.

Find out about the Clervaux Garden School curriculum

Pupil Progress

Data will be used at a whole school level to inform school improvement planning as well as in the review of individual pupils. Whilst we find the individual student analysis really powerful in shaping each student’s learning needs and pathway, as a Leadership Team we also find it helpful to use the data to identify emerging trends and to evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions.

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