Appleford School: Shrewton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

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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. 

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7 days boarding: 

£9,128 per term

About the school

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. 

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)

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).

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Shrewton is a village and civil parish on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, located around 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Amesbury and 14 miles (23 km) north of Salisbury. It lies on the A360 road between Stonehenge and Tilshead. It is close to the source of the River Till, which flows south to Stapleford.  It is close to the source of the River Till, which flows south to Stapleford.[2]

distance to Stonehenge: 3 min (2.1 miles) via A360 

distance to Bournemouth Airport: 53 min (37.3 miles) via A338 
distance to London: 1 h 46 min (89.8 mi) via A303 and M3 

Salisbury is a cathedral city (population of 40’302) in Wiltshire, England, and the only city within the county. It is the third-largest settlement in the county, after Swindon and Chippenham.
The city is located in the southeast of Wiltshire near the edge of Salisbury Plain. Its cathedral was formerly located to the north at Old Sarum. The new town received its city charter in 1227 under the name New Sarum, which continued to be its official name until 2009 when the Salisbury City Council was established. It sits at the confluence of five rivers. 
Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Salisbury and greatly aids the local economy. The city itself, Old Sarum, the present cathedral and the ruins of the former one also attract visitors.

Specialises in: *Dyslexia, *Dyscalculia, *Dyspraxia (boys and girls 7-19 years) Elston Lane,Shrewton, SP3 4HL

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