Our Values:

Strive is a value-based school which demonstrates unconditional positive regard for ALL students. This is the basis of forming good relationships and overcoming barriers to success. Strive will focus every effort at every opportunity to identify, manage and reduce times of dysregulation, by aligning students with our school values. Whether arriving at school, making breakfast, studying for qualifications in lessons or socialising during lunch, students will always work towards being:


Our students are emotionally strong and resilient. They don’t give up and show strength of character to succeed.


Trust each other in believing that hard work, commitment and dedication will contribute to success.


Respect fellow students, adults and the environment at ALL times.


Students inspire one another to achieve the highest standards possible and be the best version of themselves.


Everyone’s thoughts, opinions, efforts and contributions are recognised and valued by all.


Students will engage in all social and academic aspects of learning and in turn means they leave as well-educated young people ready for the next steps in their lives.

Specialist Independent School

Strive is a 14-19yrs Independent Special School for students whose needs can’t be met in mainstream. Students who are on our school roll have an EHCP and have a specialist provision named on their plan.


Strive supports a diverse range of needs and is committed to inspire each student to fulfil their potential, in an environment that makes them feel safe, valued and engaged. SEMH and ASD are the primary areas of need for students.

Alternative Provision (AP)

Strive will allocate 6 x KS4 AP places for local secondary schools to commission. These places can be full or part-time depending on the number of days required. AP students do not require an EHCP to attend. All enquiries regarding AP should be directed to a student’s home school.


Meet the founders:

Strive was founded by Sonja and Andy to make a difference to those who need additional support to access their learning. We have evidenced that students have made significant academic and social improvements whilst at Strive. We have been able to provide the support in an environment that some young people need and crave. Feedback from schools, parents and students has been extremely positive and powerful, and as a direct result of attending Strive, we really have changed lives for the better! We feel deeply privileged to work with such amazing staff and students and we are proud of the impact we are having.

Get in touch if you need help or advice or just an informal chat. Our door is always open.

If you are interested in finding out more about STRIVE, or chat about the individual needs of your student or child. Call us on 01423 649070, or simply fill out the form below and we’ll get straight back to you.