Harbour Vale School, Simons Road, Sherborne
“Harbour Vale School provides alternative education for students aged 11-16 who are unable to access mainstream education. We pride ourselves on having a child-centered approach and embrace the school ethos of: Believe, Achieve, Succeed”
Harbour Vale students come from Sherborne and the local area. For a variety of personal circumstances, they are unable to cope with or benefit from mainstream school. They receive a supportive curriculum, tailored to the individual, with teaching and support provided in smaller groups and with specific needs in mind.
Harbour Vale aims to create successful learners who are ready to live life to the full and be responsible citizens. Their learning journey includes academic subjects, creative subjects, vocational subjects and experiences. This personalisation enables our students to engage with and enjoy their learning, and gain valuable lifelong skills
Harbour Vale School remained open throughout the pandemic, and much learning was delivered online but working from home was difficult for many of our students and their learning has been considerably affected. Those now in year 11 (aged 15) have had disrupted learning in three successive school years.
Harbour Vale has provided extra mental health support using pandemic recovery funds. However, some students need much more support and intervention if they are to continue their recovery and go on to be responsible, resilient and respectful adults.
How are we going to help?
Our donations will be used to provide the extra, specialised counselling and support that the students most affected by the pandemic so desperately need.
“We are thrilled that the Parish is supporting our work. Your donations will enable us to help those who have most suffered over the past two years, through no fault of their own. It will help them build their understanding and self-esteem after such a difficult time. We are sure this will have a huge impact on students, and we will monitor carefully so we can give you informed feedback” Kelly Knight, Deputy Head