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Esland Daven School

Daven School’s objective is to provide an inspirational learning environment where students are encouraged to actively participate in learning opportunities.

Esland Daven School offers high-quality education in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment that builds a foundation for lifelong learning.  We provide a welcoming, happy, safe, and supportive learning environment where all achievements are celebrated.

Our school

At Esland Daven School we re-engage young people in education through 1-1 learning and small group activities. Our students have been placed at the school via local authority commissioning teams as they are currently unable to access formal learning environments within a day-school setting.

We offer bespoke educational packages along with a library, an ICT suite, a food technology classroom, a physical learning centre, and a vocational classroom. On-site therapeutic care is offered to pupils through our on-site clinical team

The team

The team at Esland Daven School have been handpicked to deliver the very best education and therapeutic care.

We have a highly experienced headteacher with a background in mainstream, independent, and special needs education. Our outreach tutors have a range of teaching specialisms including SEND, core curriculum subjects, well-being, trauma, outdoor education, vocational learning, behaviour support, and creative arts and play therapy. They are all driven to achieve outstanding outcomes for all young people, regardless of their journey so far. 

Our vision

Our vision is to develop resilient, responsible, and confident individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. We will ensure that all of our learners are ready for the next step in their educational journey so that they are able to live fulfilled adult lives.

School developments

Esland Daven School opened in Autumn 2022. Our objective is to provide an inspirational learning environment where students are encouraged to actively participate in all learning opportunities. We make learning enjoyable. We celebrate achievement, recognise the importance of education and nurture the qualities that will enable each student to become confident and competent members of society.

Each of our young people has an individual, bespoke timetable to match their needs and their curriculum aims and objectives.

Outcomes for children

All students have an initial baseline assessment that helps us to better understand their needs and to establish a curriculum ‘starting point’. This includes an academic assessment through GL Assessments. It allows the school to triangulate previous assessments or understand the student in more detail where these have not previously been completed.

Students at Esland Daven School can access a range of qualifications including Entry Level, Functional Skills, or GCSEs dependent on their current attainment level and aspirations. Young people also have the opportunity to work towards ASDAN qualifications or Unit Awards.

School activities

Typically, each student receives 15 hours of direct face-to-face learning each week. This is usually focused on the core curriculum subjects of English, maths, and science, along with PSHE.  

They receive an additional 8 hours of learning either through care, our vocational pathways or broader curriculum opportunities such as computing education and a themed-approach to humanities and arts, based around a key learning concept. Our learning plans also include opportunities for outdoor activities, Forest School, play-based learning, preparation for adulthood and employability, enterprise, and volunteering.

Complaints procedure

Occasionally there may be times when students, carers, parents or placing authorities will want to give us valuable feedback about our school. If you wish to make a suggestion, let us know about something you are pleased with, or to let us know when we did not meet your expectations, please contact the school via the details on the main page. A complaints procedure allows for both formal and informal complaints.


Informal complaints can be dealt with quickly, while formal complaints should be made in writing. Our full complaints policy is available on our website or on request. This policy will help you raise concerns and ensures your complaint will be dealt with fairly. Should you wish to take your complaint further or if you feel you are unable to discuss the details with the school, please contact the Chief Operating Officer, especially if your complaint relates to the school leadership.


All policies relating to Esland Daven school are available on request from the Headteacher:

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Esland Daven School, Dane Valley Mill, Havannah Street, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 2AH


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01260 294909

Headteacher: Kelly Pope

SENCO: Hannah Fitzsimmons

Proprietor: Jill Palmer

Address: Suite 1
Riverside Business Centre
Foundry Lane
DE56 0RN

Telephone number:
01773 823989



Meet the Board

Chair of Governors -Jill Palmer

H&S Governor - Tony Cox

Finance Governor -Eleanor Hill

Clinical Governor - Nicholas Johl

Safeguarding Governor -David Doe

People & Culture Governor - Steve Jeffers

Our Team


Jill Palmer

Chair of Governors

John Watson

Designated safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Dr Nicholas Johl

Clinical Governor

Guy Montgomery

Deputy DSL

Steve Jeffers

People & Culture Governor

David Doe

Safeguarding Governor

Zoe Jefferson

Deputy DSL

Eleanor Hill

Finance Governor

Tony Cox

Health & Safety Governor
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