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A great emphasis is placed on life skills and learning to communicate effectively. Parents spoke of differences in manners, being able to hold a door or say thank you confidently. Each classroom is equipped with a PC for every pupil. One mother told us, ‘My son has particularly benefited from the IT in each classroom helping him to read, write and spell.’ Traditional independent boarding school in every way; it looks like one and it acts like one...

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ISI Inspection October 2012 found Appleford 'Excellent' in all categories. 'The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent and is the result of the school's relentless commitment to enabling every pupil to achieve their potential.'

'Our son has thrived in Appleford's unique environment and we have been absolutely thrilled with his academic progress.' Lt Col M Pullan MBE (Parent) ...Read more

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Since 2012, Mr David King BEd (50s). Previously head at Bishop Dustan School in Newton Abbot and before that at 24/7 College near Honiton, Devon, both special schools. Originally from Cheshire, he loves a challenge and in his younger days even turned down an offer to study at Oxford, choosing a mountaineering expedition instead. Studied history at Liverpool University on his return. Married with grown up children, David is a weekly boarder and returns home to South Molton on Exmoor at weekends.

Many years ago, Appleford was a prep school with 58 pupils. There are now nearly 150 pupils from 7-18 years old. As a businessman, head saw the school had lost sight of its core purpose: he thought it was offering nothing better for dyslexia than the mainstream schools –...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Appleford was founded in 1988 to provide help for dyslexic pupils of average or above-average intelligence. In recent times, the spectrum of difficulties has increased so that our category with the DCSF is now an Approved Residential Special School for Dyslexic pupils and those with associated learning differences. Admissions policy: Educational Psychologist's report, school reports and Appleford assessment during tester visit.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
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
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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