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  • Shapwick School
    Shapwick Manor
    TA7 9NJ
  • Head: Mr A Wylie
  • T 01458 210384
  • F 01458 210111
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 8 to 19 with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and associated speech and language needs
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 90; 60 full boarders; sixth formers: 26: 7 girls/19 boys
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £18,519- £19,386; Boarding £24,258 - £27,858 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Plenty of schools occupy pretty English villages, but what marks this one out is the air of relief and sanctuary from mainstream education, by which the students here have not been well served. Everyone we spoke to expressed their thankfulness at having found Shapwick: one boy summed it up when he simply said ‘Mum, they get me’. The boundaries between academic and pastoral support are blurred here, as so much of the academic support builds a sense of self-worth through…

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What the school says...

Shapwick School specialises in the education of young people aged 8-19 years with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and associated speech and language needs.

Shapwick offers teaching strategies based on a multi-sensory approach using auditory, visual and kinaesthetic methods of curriculum delivery. As a CReSTeD category SP school, support is offered across the entire curriculum within all classroom situations. We were the first school in Britain to be fully accredited by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The National Curriculum is modified where appropriate to meet our students needs and be empathetic to the challenges presented by SpLD.

On site Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy run alongside the above throughout the day, both in and out of the classroom, from KS2 to Sixth Form. Post-16, we equip our students with skills and confidence to succeed in the modern world. Sixth Form courses are delivered by Bridgwater College, a leading tertiary college. Our link with them ensures Sixth Formers enjoy freedom to pursue their career aspirations and also benefit from specialist dyslexia support within Shapwick when they are not in lectures at college.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Computer Appreciation at an English Independent School (Functional Skill at Level 2)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Mr Adrian Wylie BA BEd NPQH (late 40s), born in Northern Ireland but educated in England: at Bath University for his first degree in business admin, at the now defunct King Alfred’s College (subsumed by the university of Winchester) for his BEd in maths, and at Birmingham for his postgrad diploma in autism.

His early career comprised management experience at Benetton and his own landscape gardening business; he combined this latter stage with some part-time work as a teaching assistant – in the days when ordinary mortals working in non-related fields could do such things. ‘I found kids then who couldn’t do stuff, and particularly maths. I wanted to find ways to switch them on again – hence the BEd in maths’. Since then, his determination ‘to...

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Special Education Needs

We are a Specialist Independent Dyslexia School, approved by the DfES and CReSTeD Category 'SP'. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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