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  • New Siblands School
    Easton Hill Road
    BS35 2JU
  • Head: Karl Hemmings
  • T 01454 866754
  • F 01454 866759
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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 Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 127
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
    • 1 Short inspection 2nd November 2022

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

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; overall progress in speaking, listening, reading, writing and maths is outstanding ...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2022 Karl Hemmings, previously headteacher at Emersons Green Primary School.


All pupils have EHCPs and all have severe learning difficulties. Some have profound and multiple learning difficulties, as well as medical needs. A third of pupils are on the autism spectrum.

Catchment area covers the whole of south Gloucestershire, very few children are from outside the county. Some families have relocated, even from abroad so their children can go to New Siblands. Applications through LA, essential to have an ECHP.

Transition is carefully planned. One family explained, ‘The school allowed us to introduce her gradually as she had not been to any childcare/nursery beforehand and we were a little apprehensive. We started by bringing her in a couple of half days a week, working up to most days,...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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