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 11-19 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.

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Recent News Posts

Find out what’s happening across our school

Dryden Hens

The Dryden Hens continue to be happy and healthy hens with the care they get at Dryden. Pupils at the school clean them out, check for eggs and hold them carefully when they need to be...

Cricket Tournament

On Thursday 8th March 6 students attended a Table Cricket Event at Chester Le Street Cricket Club. We were undefeated in all of our matches and came away with a trophy for Dryden. We have been chosen to represent the area against schools from Cumbria which will take...

Dance Festival

The dancers from Dryden had a great time at the Sage Dance Festival on Wednesday 21st March. The theme was "musicals and film" so we used "The Blues Brothers" as our inspiration. The pupils looked amazing and had the whole Sage clapping along. Well done everyone!...

World Book Day

We had a great time taking part in World Book Day . All of the Children who dressed up looked great. Harry Potter seemed to be very popular among pupils and staff!...



Whole School


08.01.18 – 08.02.18

  • Class 1 94.7%
  • Class 2 94.7%
  •   Class 3 92.1%
  • Class 4 90.5%
  • P16A 94.9%
  • P16B 90%
  • P16C 88.9%


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