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

Take to your feet, Walk to school Event

Hi, All students and staff took part in a 'Take to your feet, Walk to school' event this morning, Each class walked 1.16 miles, around the streets of Low Fell. The event is to encourage students be walk more, be active and healthy, both physically and mentally.  All...

May Half Term Events

Please see below Information on activities available for students between the age of 5-14 during the May Half Term at Beacon of Light, Sunderland. Disability_Dance_A4_POSTER_MAY19 Disability_multiskills_A4_POSTER_MAY19...

Walk to School Events

Throughout May, Schools across the country are taking part in ‘Walk to School’ events, to promote physical and mental well-being for everyone. Please see below for details on how Dryden School are taking part. Walking letter...

Class 3 Parents Evening

Class 3 Parents Evening Class 3 had a great parents evening and really put the preparation in to show their parents all the things they have done this year. Pupils created their slideshows in ICT and developed their speaking and listening in practices before the day....


Whole School



7th January 2019 – 15th February 2019

  • Class 1 93.1%
  • Class 2 92%
  • Class 3 89%
  • Class 4 94.6%
  • Class 5 76.6%
  • POST 16 88.7%


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