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  • Mark College
    Blackford Road
    TA9 4NP
  • Head: Principal Chris Sweeney
  • T 01278 641632
  • F 01278 641426
  • E
  • W www.priorychil…lege-somerset/
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 10 to 19 with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia; also autism spectrum disorder
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 75; 40 full and weekly boarders ; sixth formers: 20
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £23,000 - £75,000 full boarding depending on needs
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Lots of scope for children of mainstream ability but who just need that extra support – around 50 per cent of the children will take seven or eight GCSEs. One leaver last summer achieved three As at A level. The benefits of boarding are immense, said one parent. ‘It’s made him. His communication and confidence has grown immensely, and he can now do things for himself that he never used to.’ Some parents say the calming influence of the deep rural situation is a…

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What the school says...

Mark College is a specialist residential secondary school for boys and girls aged 10 to 19 with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Mark College has an international reputation for its educational work with students with special educational needs. The aim of Mark College is to give students the opportunity to achieve their full potential so that they can pursue their ambitions and achieve their personal goals. This is achieved through providing a top class education to all students, with one to one support where required. ...Read more

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Since 2014, Chris Sweeney, ably supported by his chocolate labrador Poppy. Was all set to follow the family path to university, do the done thing and become a lawyer, when his astute father recommended instead that he follow his passion, which was working with children. So he started as a classroom assistant at Freemantles, a special school in Surrey, and studied for a degree in psychology part-time. It was the start of a track which weaved through the various roles in schools, and enables him to understand operations from every perspective. He followed Freemantles with teaching roles in a variety of SEBD and complex ASD schools – Westfield in Bucks, Little Down in Slough, Holyport Manor in Maidenhead and Priory in Taunton. He has also been a consultant training others in behaviour management, and...

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Special Education Needs

We are a specialist centre for children with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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