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  • Fairfield Farm College
    43 High Street
    Dilton Marsh
    BA13 4DL
  • Head: Graeme Athey
  • T 01373 823028
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 16 to 25 with moderate and severe learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, and other complex needs.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 126
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Open days: Check online for open days
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The flexibility of the courses and residential packages means that students who have been refused full residential funding by the LA can access one-night or part-time residential options. This means they can still work on their independent living skills and one parent told us, ‘He loves these opportunities to be away from home and with his peers.’ The student receptionists set the tone; they are polite, smiling and anxious to please – and sensitively supported by discreet staff who quietly help out when they need to. One parent told us, ‘My daughter is very proud of being on reception…

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Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2022, Dr Graeme Athey, PhD Ed Bath, 60s. Successor to the role after several years as Deputy Principal for Fairfield Farm Trust. Previously Assistant Principal at Fosse Way Trust and Director of Curriculum, overseeing a new Post 16 centre and Enterprise Centre. Has worked in a variety of roles across pubic and private sectors, including as Chair of the Bath Area Play Charity, which he feels has given weight to his understanding of charity business and compliance with the commission. He is fluent in British Sign Language and managed the local Deaf Children’s Society branch in London. In his spare time, is studying for a course in Jungian Analysis and Psychotherapy.


Parents apply directly to Fairfield but work with their local authority throughout the application process. Students usually join between the ages of 16...

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Special Education Needs

Fairfield Farm College is a specialist college for young people aged 16-25 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It is a registered charity, with flexible residential, day and weekend courses that meet the 'preparing for adulthood' outcomes. We are committed to promoting equality, eliminating discrimination, and encouraging diversity.

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

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