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Activate 2019 – 2020


Activate is an exciting and innovative programme of mostly off site activities offered to all Key Stage Three pupils. For several hours a week pupils spend time away from school doing things that help them relax, things that they choose and that they enjoy. Some of the activities that we regularly offer include:

  • Burnley Youth Theatre
  • Leisure Box
  • Forest School in the beautiful Ribble Valley

We also work closely with other organisations including the Ribble Rivers Trust and Friends of Towneley Park; we have helped them complete large scale tree planting operations and have also assisted with coppicing and other landscape management practices. Consequently some of our pupils have now become skilled users of potentially hazardous hand and power tools; we are very proud of how they have responded to our trust and encouragement.

From time to time as part of the Activate programme we offer other activities such as:

  • Caving
  • Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Film and Theatre production – we now have a very good working relationship with Burnley Youth Theatre
  • Photography and other artistic pursuits
  • Farm management
  • Nordic Walking
  • Alpaca Trekking and bushcraft


Activate takes place every Wednesday from approximately 10.30 until the end of the school day. 


The Rose is a school for young people with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. We want our pupils to feel safe and cared for and also to be in the best possible condition to acquire all of the knowledge and skills that they need to lead successful lives. Our own professional experience has taught us that the traditional classroom can be a very challenging environment for many of our pupils and there is now also a good deal of high quality research that proves the value of learning and play experiences outside in nature.As well as learning about key facts and systems in relation to all of the sciences, geography and local history our pupils develop their social and emotional skills when they are outdoors working with and meeting other teenagers and adults. Their language and number skills are often challenged and developed and they gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of how communities operate and also how the natural world is cared for.


We work in small groups with a high staff to pupil ratio to ensure that our pupils are safe, but more importantly so that we can deepen our relationships with them. We celebrate success on a weekly and termly basis with awards being given to pupils who have excelled in any one of the following key skill areas:

  • Perseverance (resilience)
  • Self-control
  • Honesty (self)
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork
  • Ambition (motivation and hope)

The Activate programme is intended to be largely therapeutic but we also try to develop personal, and employment based skills and abilities and hope to inspire some children to consider alternative career options.

Perhaps our proudest moment was when we were finally able to premiere the short film that the pupils made about Activate with the Burnley Youth Theatre. The film is a real credit to all the pupils who were directly involved in its creation, but also to all of the staff and pupils at the school; it captures everything that is good about The Rose and the potential that is there inside all of our pupils. All of the skills and character traits that Activate is designed to improve are evident in this film:

  • Perseverance (resilience)
  • Self-control
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork
  • Ambition (motivation and hope)


Well done once again to everyone who was involved, a fantastic piece of work!

The Rose School Film: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/heQIpxMqGx


Contact Us

If you wish to contact The Rose School you can do so using the following methods.

The Rose School
Greenock Street
BB11 4DT

Phone: 01282 683050

Fax: 01282 683052

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