Appleford School: Shrewton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Appleford School: Shrewton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


Appleford School is an independent day and residential special school for boys and girls aged 7-19 with dyslexia and associated special educational needs such as dyspraxia and dyscalculia. The school offers day placements as well as weekly and full boarding.

Appleford was originally a Prep School for pupils aged 7 - 13 and since expanded to take pupils up to 18 years old, studying GCSEs and BTECs. 

The  aim of this special school UK  is to restore pupils confidence, unlocking and developing their skills and talents. 
Appleford takes a whole-school approach to dyslexia using research-based multi-sensory programmes and resources. It has small classes of 8 to 12 pupils with high levels of LSA support. It employs a range of staff, including specialist teachers and therapists. The school gives access to qualifications including GCSEs (with options at Year 9) and BTEC Vocational and Functional Skills Certificates. 

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 25 48 73
Day School: 20 40 60
Year of foundation: 1988
Some history: Appleford was founded in 1988 by Dr Peter Gardner, a Chartered Educational Psychologist, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and Gerald Trump. Zoë Wanamaker, CBE later became Patron of Appleford. 
Campus size and facilities: There are ca. 130 pupils on roll, all of whom have statements of special educational needs.
Education and accommodation are provided within one of six homes in the surrounding area:
on the main school site: 

Elm House (Lower School boy boarders), 
The Beeches (Upper School girl boarders), 
Willow House (Lower School girl boarders), 
Oak House (day pupils)

- in the local village: 

Maddington House (Upper School boy boarders); Cedar House (sixth form)
Accreditations: Appleford School offers a full national curriculum leading to GCSE (with options at Year 9) in a range of subjects and and BTEC Vocational and Functional Skills Certificates.

The school continues to place a high emphasis on personal and social skills through the child’s career at Appleford. Consequently, every child from Year 9 onwards takes part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and all children have access to an extensive co-curricular programme which includes elements of charity and community service.

Special School UK
The school is accredited by the Council for the Registration of School Teaching dyslexic pupils (CreSTeD) and inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Ofsted (a government department - Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills).

Tel: +44 20 30 269 440

Contact school: contact-us


Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: £9,128 per term

About the school

Long description:

How does the school meet pupils special needs ?

School curriculum provides a specialized, multi-sensory approach with an emphasis on basic literacy and numeracy skills combined with access to the full National Curriculum.

Therefore, each pupil follows a carefully structured, individualized programme of work designed to remediate difficulties and provide a sound basis for future study. This principle extends to all areas of the curriculum and ensures that the pupils have access to the full range of subjects that will prepare them for adult life.

Whereas in mainstream education pupils study Key Stages according to their chronological age, at Appleford they study according to their individual needs. Consequently, Key Stage 1 material is available in the Lower School for those pupils who still need to master the most basic skills even though they are of an age that normally suggests the teaching of a Key Stage 2 curriculum.

Appleford School 6th Form Centre

Following a successful year with the first ever Lower Sixth pupils at Appleford, Appleford School has extended the Sixth Form provision through new facilities and an enhanced package of curriculum options. Pupils are able to enter Lower 6th to study a range of vocational and academic courses with the option to retake and upgrade their GCSEs. Benefiting from the dedicated teaching block with individual ICT access and the expertise of highly qualified specialist teachers, students are working towards gaining the qualifications needed to enter employment, Further Education or University.

Dress code: Formal

Social life & attractions

Description: All children are involved in at least two clubs per week and chose, on a termly basis, from a vast selection which are delivered by teaching and boarding staff.

Additionally, specialist clubs such as horse riding, judo and golf are delivered by outside instructors on a weekly basis.

Below is a small sample of the exciting and rewarding activities a child could be involved in:
Arts and Crafts
Climbing Wall

Student organizations:


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