Running Deer believe that a young person centred approach to learning will offer the best outcome to each and every individual. 

Running Deer’s dedicated team provide a holistic and inclusive approach to the social, emotional and learning development of the young person, with the emphasis on enabling them to become better human beings and integrate fully into their community. 

We work with students in small groups, 1:1 or 2:1 depending on the level of support required. 

We believe that there should be social equality between staff and students and that everyone’s opinion matters. Students have the right to challenge the relevance of what they’re learning and are able to work at their own pace, without being compared to others. 

Through individualised education programmes we are able to support our students to do the very best that they can.​

Running Deer’s student attainment for 2016-2017 includes GCSE short course in Maths – grade D, GCSE short course in Art – grade D and Entry Level Functional Skills in English and Maths – both a Pass.

There have been no complaints made during the academic period 2016-2017. ​

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


“Its thanks to everyone at running deer for showing me life is worth living for i will always be greatly appreciated for everything you have all done for me. I’ll do my best to visit and i’ll always stay in touch. Thanks to you i’m getting my life together and doing what I love best which is working with horses. Thanks you for letting me work with Trelawny and letting me train Cisco.” Kianna

“Thank you so much for helping SH to enjoy and be happy at school again, and for all the amazing activities you have done with him. It has made such a difference to him and us as a family…”




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