A caring ethos...

Celebrating achievement...

Promoting friendship...

Cool and can do...



We welcome your visit...


“The very strong, caring ethos is immediately evident on entering the school. This creates an oasis where students are enthusiastic about their learning and thrive, particularly in their personal and social development.” (Ofsted 2015)


Welcome to Dryden School

Dryden School is a special school for students aged between 11-18 who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties as their primary area of need. A number of students may have a range of secondary difficulties e.g. communication, ASD, physical and medical.

This website will tell you more about the school, its aims and objectives and we provide our pupils with a caring but challenging education within a stimulating, structured learning environment.

Everyone involved in our school, governors, teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, parents, carers and friends of the school work together to ensure the students receive the highest quality education and care.

We believe that confidence in a school develops through knowing it and understanding how it works. We value our relationships with our families and believe good communication is essential to achieve this.

We warmly welcome visits and enjoy showing visitors a school we are very proud of.

Dawn Winter

Head Teacher/Federation Lead



Recent News Posts

Find out what’s happening across our school

Online Payments Coming Soon

In order to reduce the amount of cash and cheques that enter the school premises and provide parents with greater convenience when paying for school trips, clubs and school meal payments, we are in the process of setting up secure e-payments solution SIMS Agora. This...

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For your diaries

9:30 am
This is a pupil and parent/carer event. Parents/carers are welcome to attend our annual Christmas Service and School performance. Teas/Coffee will be served from 9.30am with the performance commencing at 10am.
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Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
This is a pupil only event. Gateshead School Catering are providing a Christmas lunch on the 13th December. Should your child wish to have a Xmas themed school lunch please contact the office if your[...]
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12:00 am
This is a pupil only event
12:00 am
This is a pupil only event.
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Jan 8 @ 8:30 am – 8:30 am
8:30 am
Happy New Year to all – School re-opens today to all pupils. Welcome to Spring Term 2019.
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 7 @ 11:45 pm
9:00 am
National Autism Week 1st to the 7th April There will be a range of activities in school raising the awareness of Autism – keep a look out for any special activities and news.  


Whole School



19/02/18 – 29/03/18

  • Class 1 85.28%
  • Class 2 91.41%
  • Class 3 95.20%
  • Class 4 97.47%
  • Class 5 74.24%
  • POST 16 96.83%


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