A Warm Welcome
We are delighted to welcome you to our school which is situated on the delightful Somerset levels, near to the coast, the Mendips, Quantocks and Exmoor and thus ideally placed for many activities.
As a CReSTeD category ‘SP’ School, we specialise in supporting boys and girls aged 8 to 18 years whose education has been adversely affected by dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Post 16 many pupils choose to stay at Shapwick Sixth Form to continue with the specific support offered in their course of study at Bridgwater College and Strode College. Shapwick employs a team of specialist teachers, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists who deliver to small classes (average size is 8) and individuals.
All children have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which addresses the needs identified by an educational psychologist and our experienced, specialist staff.
Our pupils are bright and inquisitive but have difficulty with the mechanics of English and Maths, poor classroom skills, making independent working, copying from the board, concentrating and remembering instructions/data challenging. Despite our pupils’ difficulties they also have a range of strengths. We therefore strive to ensure they develop their talents, whether it be personal growth in, for example the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, or academic success of which we are particularly proud. Many pupils achieve five or more GCSEs at grade C or above. The Sixth Form also enjoy impressive results via our partnership with both Bridgwater College and Strode College.
As the country's first specialist school for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, we boast over 37 years' experience of understanding the challenges that the conditions present. We offer tailored support to help overcome individual weaknesses. We provide a balanced curriculum, sympathetic to the specific demands that dyslexia presents. Support is integrated, rather than just an add-on as commonly offered in many non-specialist schools, where pupils may visit a dedicated unit once a week but then have to struggle with a non-specialist curriculum for the remainder of the week.
However, don’t just take our word for it, book an appointment and come and see the school in action. The staff and I are very proud of our school and the pupils’ success and would love to show you round.