A caring ethos...

Celebrating achievement...

Promoting friendship...

Cool and can do...



We welcome your visit...


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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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%

Recent News Posts

Find out what’s happening across our school

Pokémon Go Information

Please click on the links to view safety information from the official website: Pokémon Go https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/... read more

Transport for School

Gateshead Council is committed to providing a safe reliable service for the transport of children from their home to their school where they have been designated as having additional needs and they have successfully applied for assistance with transport. This also... read more

Leavers Prom Night

This years’ leavers are Michael, John, Connor, Nathan, Rachel and Rebecca. They were all invited to the Prom, along with Hilltop students at Saltwell Towers and staff were more than happy to accompany them! They did indeed have a ball and looked fabulous in their... read more

Open as Normal – 5th July 2016

Dryden School will be open as usual on Tuesday 5th July. If in doubt whether school is open or closed due to strikes, phone lines are open from 8.00am to 16.00pm, please contact the school office on 0191 4203811 for any queries. Thank... read more

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