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  • New Siblands School
    Easton Hill Road
    BS35 2JU
  • Head: Mr Andrew Buckton
  • T 01454 866754
  • F 01454 866759
  • E newsiblandsspecia…[email protected]
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 19. Type of SEN provision: SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: South Gloucester
  • Pupils: 108
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 10th November 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 4th July 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

We asked pupils what they liked best about New Siblands; PE and swimming came top of the list. As well as motor skills activities and games, pupils can take up horse riding and dance. One class had been whizzing round in go-karts in the playground during their last PE session. If the theme is cooking Italian food, then those with moderate needs may go to Tesco, buy the food and cook an Italian meal. For those with more profound difficulties, the session will be spent exploring Italian food, touching it, smelling it, and tasting it. The results speak for themselves...

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Since 2012, Andrew Buckton. Previously deputy head at Culverhill School, a special school in Yate. Originally from London, Andrew has been teaching for the last 20 years, 18 of which have been in special education. After studying English at the University of West England, he went on to take a masters in psychology of special educational needs at the Institute of Education, London. Since then he has also qualified as an Ofsted inspector.

Andrew now lives in Bath with his wife and two teenage children. Passionate about and proud of New Siblands, his dedication to doing the best for every child is obvious to all who meet him, including us. Parents told us he is ‘extremely hands on’, ‘warm and open', ‘easy to talk to', ‘always available' and ‘brings a lot...

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Special Education Needs

The Good Schools Guide writes: New Siblands is a purpose based school for pupils who have exceptional needs including severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school has very good disabled access througout. There are 6 classrooms, a Resource base, a comprehensive library, an 'Elliot' classroom for Secondary children a Post 16 classroom and landscaped gardens. The school is surrounded by extensive play areas that extend the children's learning and allows them to develop their motor skills. All children follow the national curriculum, using a multi-sensory approach to learning, with P levels informing assessment and target setting as appropriate.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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 Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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