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

Girls Sport

On 7th Feb, 12 girls attended a girls football event organised by Newcastle United. It was a great morning with Dryden competing against 8 other schools in a variety of football games and other fun activities. We will be attending the next event on March 7th...

Upcoming Sporting Events!

On 7th Feb 12 girls will be attending a girls football event organised by Newcastle United. This is the second in a run of football events and we have the Dryden Kit washed and ready for action! Durham County Cricket are currently coming into school to play table...

School Council – Update

In the latest student council meeting, individual roles were given to all members of the council. These roles include Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Representatives and a promotion team. All council members voted for who they wanted to be elected each role. The...

School re-opens

School will re-open tomorrow 19/01/18 as normal. We look forward to seeing you all back.

School closure

Due to the weather, school will be closed today (18/01/18). We will keep you Informed as to when school will re-open.



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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