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Smoke signals were coming from a distance – a sign that twice-weekly Forestry Club was running deep in the wonderful grounds.

In the foreground, a willow structure was under construction. This was the result of a collaboration between a year 9 boy and local artist Mark Ford, who sculpts with willow. The introduction was Quick’s brainwave as he explains: ‘This lad was brilliant at building treehouses, he was getting commissions from the other kids, but it just wasn’t safe. I thought how can I stop that, but keep the creativity ...

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What the school says...

We provide a unique educational experience tailored to individual needs. A variety of SENs are catered for in a small, family-orientated environment by supportive and experienced staff. All prospective new entrants must undergo a trial period before any commitment is made. Great selection of activities to suit all. Wonderful rural setting with views to south coast. ...Read more

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Textiles) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Acting head Barry McMahon, covering David Quick's early departure.

New permanent head Mark Birkbeck arrives in September 2018. Joins from Hillcrest Children's Services, where he oversees three SEN schools and seven residential homes.

Academic matters

The school caters for pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language difficulties and autism spectrum difficulties. Currently 40 per cent of pupils have autism, and it has been moving towards becoming a special school for autism, with the encouragement of its local authority. The school will include those with significant needs resulting from autism, for example, some pupils, whose anxiety means they cannot fully integrate in lessons, follow their own programme with some integration.

‘When I arrived no-one other than the SENCo was trained in autism. I have spent £30,000 in the last three years...

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Special Education Needs

We are a centre of excellence for moderate but complex specific learning difficulties including AD(H)D, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's Syndrome (mild) and others that may overlap. Slindon is also a haven for less able or vulnerable pupils who will not thrive in large classes. We have a warm and friendly atmosphere. The school adopts a holistic approach to learning support. Small classes with experienced teachers and a large team of classroom assistants are further supported by ICT, a dyslexia unit, dietary measures, Bowen therapy and medication. Special Needs planning is present at every level. Individual Education Planning goes beyond the classroom and is truly unique. Every pupil is fully included, enabled, valued and encouraged. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
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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