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  • Foxes Academy
    Selbourne Place
    TA24 5TY
  • Head: Emma Cobley
  • T 01643 708529
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent special college for students aged from 16 to 25 with mild and complex needs including Down’s Syndrome, autism, learning and behavioural difficulties.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 72 (34 Boys - Girls 38)
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Open days: To book on to one of the presentation days, check school website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One parent explained, ‘Social and independence skills have improved dramatically. Beyond our wildest expectations (she can shower and wash her own hair now and go out into the community for basic shopping needs).’ Our guide was really proud to show us his daily tick-list, full of ticks - all the things he had managed by himself that day. The list of clubs and activities is endless, and most importantly looks like fun. Parents had nothing but praise for…

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What the school says...

Located on the seafront of the beautiful West Somerset holiday town of Minehead, Foxes Academy is the training hotel and catering college for young people with learning disabilities.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Emma Cobley, initially appointed interim Principal before hitting the top job. At Foxes for 16 years and instrumental in leading the academy to the third consecutive outstanding Ofsted grade and the TES Overall and Specialist Provider award in 2018. Her experience ranges across the organisation and includes Foxes residential provision and training hotel for young people with learning disabilities.


There are taster days, and schools are offered taster ‘breaks’ when groups can come and stay at the hotel for a few days. Application is through the students’ local authority after an initial assessment. Waiting for the funding to be agreed was the stressful part of the process, but Foxes has an advocate who helps parents to manage the application process through the LA.

Once a place is secured, the...

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Special Education Needs

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