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 19 years whose education has been adversely affected by 'The 3 D's'; dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.  The school is inspected by ISI for the Educational Provision and by Ofsted for the Residential Provision. 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 classes of around 8 students and 1:1 sessions where appropriate

All of our young people have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which sets out the specific strategies and resources needed to support the learning differences which have been identified by professionals including educational psychologists and our experienced, specialist staff.

Our learners are bright, inquisitive and keen to learn, yet more often than not arrive with lower than average self esteem and self belief.  For students to achieve their own personal potential, both academically and pastorally, is our mission.  We support them in overcoming the challenges they face with literacy, numeracy and associated aspects of the 3 D's, including thinking skills, independence, processing, concentration, organisation and memory.  In spite of these challenges our students also have a range of strengths which we focus on and celebrate every day. 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. Most students achieve or exceed their predicted grades at Key Stage 4.   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.




Shapwick School - Dyslexia Dyspraxia Dyscalculia