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Underlying aim is to create a relaxed environment where children who arrive with their confidence in tatters can start to learn again. ‘You want them to have lost that fear factor and that’s what Appleford does,’ said a parent. Humanities block-booked so pupils have eight weeks of geography or history rather than disorienting chopping and changing, and modern languages banished, allowing more focus on drama (one senior pupil, convincingly in character as a nervous flyer, was being convincingly, but gently, manhandled on to a plane by energetic peers)...


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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Mr David King BEd (40s). Previously head at Bishop Dustan School in Newton Abbot and before that at 24/7 College near Honiton, Devon, both special schools catering for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Married to Shelagh, a learning needs specialist, with grown up children and much-loved home in Devon (the reason why, like some of his pupils, he’s a part time boarder with digs in the village, returning home at weekends).

Thrives on risk. Before entering teaching, he contemplated a career as a professional climber (we’re talking Mont Blanc without the safety gear) until a serious fall coupled with parental pressure to ‘make something of yourself, David’ compelled him to choose a career.

Security and long holidays originally lured him into primary school teaching...

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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
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
Not Applicable
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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