“Progress comes from doing things differently”

Running Deer School is an Independent School for Special Educational Needs providing high support specialist education for young people in Devon.

Running Deer’s practical skills and therapeutic education enables young people in Devon to overcome barriers to learning; designed to stimulate and challenge them, supporting their personal development, improving confidence, self esteem, communication, social and emotional well-being.

There are various reasons why young people are unable to access mainstream education.

Our student centred approach, individual timetables and high support programmes provide the best opportunities for young people to thrive in a nurturing environment.

We specialise in working with young people with learning, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD, those on the Autistic Spectrum – including Aspergers Syndrome, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Attachment and Trauma, mental health issues and those considered hard to reach.

Devon County Council, Running Deer School
Department for Education, Running Deer School
Big Issue Invest, Running Deer School
Woodland Trust
National Trust

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“Words can never express the gratitude from us all here at St Luke’s with the work and commitment you and your team put into supporting young people in Devon.”

Lorraine | Teacher