“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 students with learning, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Attachment and Trauma, mental health issues and those considered hard to reach.

For information on our policies and procedures, other documents and useful information please go to our policies and procedures page.

Devon County Council, Running Deer School
Department for Education, Running Deer School
Big Issue Invest, Running Deer School
Gateway Qualifications
ASDAN Registered Centre
Ofsted Good Provider

Policies and Procedures


“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

Running Deer School is a DfE registered independent school (registration number: 878/6067) for young people with Special Educational Needs. Part of Running Deer CIC, we provide activities and opportunities based around traditional rural skills and land based studies, bushcraft, equine assisted education, dog therapy, green woodworking and conservation.

Running Deer CIC is a not for profit organisation and company limited by guarantee. Company No: 7605814. VAT Reg No: 289345260.

Head of School: Rachael Knight

Telephone: +44(0)1647 400201
Email: school at runningdeer.org.uk
Address: Butterdon Wood, Moretonhampstead, Devon, TQ13 8PY

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Running Deer School in Devon are an Ofsted Good Provider

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