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Shapwick School specialises in the education of young people aged 8-19 years with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and associated speech and language needs.

Shapwick offers teaching strategies based on a multi-sensory approach using auditory, visual and kinaesthetic methods of curriculum delivery. As a CReSTeD category SP school, support is offered across the entire curriculum within all classroom situations. We were the first school in Britain to be fully accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The National Curriculum is modified where appropriate to meet our students needs and be empathetic to the challenges presented by SpLD.

On site Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy run alongside the above throughout the day, both in and out of the classroom, from KS2 to Sixth Form. Post-16, we equip our students with skills and confidence to succeed in the modern world. Sixth Form courses are delivered by Bridgwater College, a leading tertiary college. Our link with them ensures Sixth Formers enjoy freedom to pursue their career aspirations and also benefit from specialist dyslexia support within Shapwick when they are not in lectures at college.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Computer Appreciation / Introduction at an English Independent School (Functional Skill at Level 2)

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Special Education Needs

We are a Specialist Independent Dyslexia School, approved by the DfES and CReSTeD Category 'SP'. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
VI - Visual Impairment

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