Running Deer Independent School

Running Deer School

Running Deer School is an Independent School for Special Educational Needs

Running Deer School is a DfE registered Independent School for children with Special Educational Needs and provide high support and specialist education for young people in Devon. Our practical skills and therapeutic education enables young people 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.

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


Running Deer know that young people can reach their full potential given time, the right opportunity and the support they need.


Running Deer believe that a young person centred approach to learning will offer the best outcome to each and every individual. Through individualised education programmes we are able to support our students to do the very best that they can.


Running Deer’s curriculum is tailor-made to meet the specific needs of each young person we work with, helping them grow and develop. Our classroom subjects are delivered in our friendly school room in Moretonhampstead by Running Deer’s experienced, qualified BEd teachers and staff.


Our individual timetables and high support programmes are designed to stimulate and challenge the young person, furthering their personal development and learning.

Our core curriculum of land based studies, arts and crafts and equine studies are enriched by a bespoke education and therapeutic support package to meet the specific needs of the individual student.

To find out more about Running Deer School and to download a copy of our prospectus please visit our website or click the button below.


What you say about Running Deer School

  • "Can I take this opportunity to say thank you for all of your support with AP and teaching him skills that will make a life long difference to him. You offer a fantastic provision for children and we would not hesitate to refer children in the future."

    Carrie Inclusions Officer
  • "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
  • "Through your help we have been able to keep this child from permanent exclusion and enable a smooth transition to his new school."
    Alison Teacher