About Us



  Our ambition at City of Rochester School is for pupils to develop self-confidence, independence and resilience through an engaging and holistic curriculum. This will provide the skills, life experiences and qualifications pupils need to participate successfully in wider society 



 We aim to provide a safe environment, a purposeful and ambitious curriculum and to nurture our pupils and their families to enable pupils to be successful at City of Rochester School. 




City of Rochester School values focus on our motto of “Confidence. Resilience. Success.”

  • Confidence – we value inspirational, aspirational and experiential learning inside and outside the classroom to develop pupils’ confidence.
  • Resilience – we value participative learning that develops pupils’ thinking and social skills, enabling them to understand their autism and to develop resilience for life.
  • Success – we value learning outcomes that are holistic and which measure and celebrate pupils’ success at school and improve their life chances.


Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper


Claire is a co-founder and Director of CooperDaly Solutions and Support LLP.

Claire is a qualified teacher with a BA (Hons) Humanities degree and has taught for over 20 years. Before developing and co-running the Autism Outreach Service for a Local Authority, she was the Head of Year at a large Medway secondary school. She began her teaching career at a secondary school in Kent as a Humanities teacher.

She has also been a foster carer for young people with disabilities and special needs. She continues to offer respite care to parents.

Claire became a Trustee on 22.05.2017 and is currently Chair of Trustees

Jennifer Daly

Claire Cooper

Claire Cooper


Jennifer is a co-founder and Director of CooperDaly Solutions and Support LLP.

After a rewarding and successful career in mainstream education her passion to learn more about how to better manage pupils with ‘challenging behaviour,’ led her to teach vulnerable pupil in a pupil referral unit. She quickly learned the value of close collaborative team work and to listen to the children she worked with. As an experienced SENCO it confirmed her belief that accurate assessment and appropriate ‘labels’ enabled her to better support and plan more effectively for individual pupils to learn.

Jennifer became a Trustee on 22.05.2017

Chris Pocock

Claire Cooper

Chris Pocock


After many different careers, Chris started working for the London Underground as a Station Foreman and then progressed through many different roles including Signalling Centre Manager, Service Control Manager for the Bakerloo Line, Traffic Manager at Docklands Light Railway, Project Manager and Senior Project Manager on the Jubilee Line.

Chris finally retired from London Underground in 2011 to support his family. Chris' oldest grandson is Autistic and the family have been supporters of the charity since 2006. 

Chris became a Trustee on 22.05.17