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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 boy was brilliant at building treehouses, such that he was getting commissions from the other kids - but his structures were causing health and safety tremors. This project was the school's imaginative response ...


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Slindon College is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 8 - 18, set in the historic Slindon House, located in the South Downs National Park. The College provides outstanding transformative education and pastoral care for boys who will thrive in a specialist learning environment more suited to Specific Learning Difficulties, Developmental Language Disorders and associated conditions. Our social and intelligent boys have had setbacks in mainstream settings and the College offers a well-developed pathway for their future success. ...Read more

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Since 2018, Mr Mark Birkbeck, BEd (Hons) NPQH (early 50s). Grew up in Plymouth and after a degree in PE and maths at The University of St Mark and St John, started in mainstream teaching. A placement at a residential school for SEMH inspired his move to special needs, ‘I realised I had a flair working with more lively children’. Previous teaching experience included Baston House school for ASD in Kent, before being appointed regional manager with Hillcrest Children’s Services South East, where he was responsible for five school heads and seven care homes for children with SEMH needs. Measured and organised in manner, he is married with three adult children, one of whom followed him into teaching, but has since defected to PR. In a short time, he has redefined the offer of...

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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.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
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Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
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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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