About Us


Mission Statement


At City of Rochester School, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is bespoke to each child and therefore educates and nurtures the ‘whole’ pupil. We understand and celebrate the uniqueness of each pupil. Working holistically with both pupils and families, we create a supportive and inclusive environment enabling each pupil to make meaningful progress relative to his/her starting point. We cater for the differing developmental and learning needs of every student.




We aim to provide outstanding support that will encourage the development of the full potential of each and every pupil. We encourage our pupils to develop the appropriate personal, social and life skills that will enable them to become confident, independent and aspiring young adults. We will ensure that when pupils leave City of Rochester School they will be able to enter either mainstream further education or have suitable skills for employment. 




For City of Rochester School to achieve its aims, the school will endeavour to make sure each pupil feels valued, nurtured and safe. We will ensure that each pupil has a personalised and clear pathway with achievable intermediate goals to enable meaningful progress, catering for individual starting points and needs. We also aim to instil in each of our pupils the fundamental values of confidence, independence, respect, resilience and perseverance, as well as encouraging our pupils to have a high sense of self-worth. 


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


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


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