Local Offer

The Local Offer or Summary of Provision for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) Shapwick School, Somerset.

Shapwick School is registered with the Department for Education and with the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic pupils (CReSTeD) under the 'special provision' category. It is inspected by Ofsted, ISI and CReSTeD.

The school, which is an independent school, specialises in supporting boys and girls whose education has been adversely affected by dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Around half of the students have a statement of special educational needs.

The school offers a mix of residential and day school placements for boys and girls aged 8 to 18. Around two thirds of our students are residential.

Children are supported in very small class sizes and curriculums are tailored to meet their needs and abilities. Their individual curriculum is designed to take each individual child’s own educational needs into account and maximise their opportunities for success.

Many pupils choose to stay on to attend Shapwick Sixth Form, post-16, to continue with the specific support offered in their course of study at Bridgwater or Strode Colleges. 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, working independently, copying from the board, concentrating and remembering instructions/data.  Some students have auditory processing difficulties (APD).

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 Bridgwater and Strode Colleges.

For all of the students at Shapwick School we foster the development of self-worth and confidence and this is key to their success.

All studies are based broadly on the National Curriculum, adapted where necessary to meet each individual's requirements and sympathetic to the challenges presented by dyslexia .

Shapwick School also has an on-site therapy team to support students in their education. Our team includes occupational therapists and speech and language therapists who are experienced in working with children with SpLDs. The team also work with children who may have communication difficulties in both spoken and non-verbal aspects.

All new pupils are offered a screening assessment in their first term to identify any area that may impact upon their learning across the curriculum and in their daily and social lives. The outcome of the screening is shared with staff and parents to determine the best way forward and to enable the therapists to learn from the parents about the developmental history of the child and any provision previously offered.

We offer a wide range of GCSE courses as well as Functional Skills and Unit Awards. These include –

English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Art, Photography, Drama, Film Studies, Product Design, Engineering, Physical Education, Religious Education, Music, IT(ECDL).

Pupils enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities including school educational visits and residentials. We are a centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and ensure that educational trips are organised throughout the year to support pupils’ learning. Our pupils train with local sports’ clubs and some attend the local ATC.


Please contact the school for the latest fee schedule.

Who to contact: Adrian Wylie, Principal
Telephone: 01458 210 384
Email address: office@shapwickschool.com

Where we are: Shapwick School, Shapwick Manor, Station Road, Shapwick, Nr. Bridgwater, Somerset TA7 9NJ
Telephone: 01458 210 384
Fax: 01458 210 111
Email: office@shapwickschool.com




Shapwick School SEN Information Report 2016