more than
just a school.
Previous slide
Next slide
Previous slide
Next slide
more than just a school.
Previous slide
Next slide

Who We Are

At Phoenix Bay School, we are committed to providing children with the necessary support to make sense of their experiences, effectively manage their emotions and feelings, and foster an environment of safety connection, and compassion at all times.

Through our comprehensive training programs, we aim to establish a school network of strong, positive, and supportive  relationships , thereby promoting a culture of growth and development for our students.

We provide for young people with complex needs, including those who have experienced trauma and multiple adverse childhood experiences. All our students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) , with the primary need being identified as Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in most cases.

We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes academic and personal growth.
Ross Banks: Proprietor / Principal

“Phoenix Bay School is a trauma-informed independent school providing therapeutic education to support students to develop increasingly independent lives, leading to them thrive in adulthood. 

The school provides a specialised, small, nurturing environment for traumatised students who have been unable to access education in larger class settings or mainstream education. The students attending Phoenix Bay School will have often been excluded or unable to manage both ordinary schools and other specialist educational provisions.”

The Phoenix Bay Mission

To create authentic opportunities for students in a trauma-informed education setting, leading to students thriving beyond the classroom and prepared for the challenges of everyday life.  To support all students to become intuitive and to reach their potential.

Our school


In the past, my son has always really struggled in formal school settings, leading to him missing out on education. He has complex needs which are all being met with compassion and a very individual package by Phoenix Bay. Every member of staff makes my son feel safe and because of this, he is engaging in learning like he never has before. His confidence is growing and he is being introduced to new experiences that although he finds difficult, he is trying. The gentle but persistent way that Phoenix Bay approaches learning is really working and we really are very grateful!”

Claire Medworth

“I just sat down with my morning coffee and felt a strong need to express the gratitude we have for the solid commitment and outstanding results we have seen in such a short space of time. We are hugely proud of phoenix bay school and can, without question, say we have a strong belief that you and your team have and continue to facilitate our child’s growth to becoming a secure and respected member of society
Thank you thank you thank you.

Ian Cooper

View our New 2024 Prospectus

How to get to Phoenix Bay

The Pavilion, 3 Seale Hayne,
Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ
T: 01803 220750

Drop us a message

We’re committed to your privacy. Phoenix Bay uses the information you provide to us to contact you about our relevant services. You may unsubscribe from these communications at any time. For more information, check out our Privacy Policy.

Scroll to Top