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Pupils thrive within the caring ethos of the school. The quality of the school's support and encouragement for all learners is exemplary. (Ofsted 2009)

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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Job Vacancy

Assistant Head of School - For April 2017

The Governors are seeking to appoint a suitable candidate to this permanent position at Dryden School.
This post is required for April 2017

  • Dates: Job start April 2017 Salary: L12 – L16
  • Negotiable depending on qualifications & experience
  • Location: Gateshead Contract: Full time
  • Contract term: Permanent

This is an exceptional opportunity to become Assistant Head of School within a Hard Federation comprising of two secondary special schools in Gateshead. An opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Head of School at Dryden School. Dryden caters for pupils and students from 11-16/19 years who have moderate/profound and/or complex learning difficulties.

The Governors are seeking an exceptional and inspirational Assistant Head of School.

Click icon above for Job Advert and application details.

Recent News Posts

Find out what’s happening across our school

New Christmas Dates!

Please click on the link to view the new dates for our Christmas activities, which did not take place on the last week of term due to the school being closed. christmas-january2017 School is now closed for the holidays and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017....

ALERT!!!! Dryden School Closed!!

We are very sorry to announce Dryden School will be closed to students due to boiler failure. School will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January to students. Our sincere apologies to all families. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

Dryden School Christmas Fair & Cafe

Please come along and join us! We have something different on sale in each class……from sock snowmen to book houses and of course the annual tombola….along with lots of Christmas goodies! Our Christmas Fair is on Thursday 24th November 1.15pm to...

Harvest Coffee Morning

Dear Parents/Carers We will be celebrating Harvest Time in school on Thursday 20th at 10.00 – 11.00. This year, we will again be supporting Changing Lives (formerly – The Cyrenians) in Newcastle.  We have invited a representative from Changing Lives to...



Whole School

5/1/2016 – 23/3/2016

  • Class 1 96.3%
  • Class 2 91.3%
  • Class 4 95.4%
  • Class 5 95.0%
  • P16A 89.4%
  • P16B 90.1%
  • P16C 87.6%


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