Shapwick School: Shapwick, Bridgwater, Somerset, UK

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Shapwick School is an independent specialist day and residential school for boys and girls aged 8-18 years, specialising in the holistic education of pupils with dyslexia and its related learning disabilities such as dyscalculia, developmental coordination disorder, pragmatic language impairment, and specific language impairment. This specialist boarding school offers  a broad/balanced curriculum taught by specialist teachers and therapists, such as SALT and OT. Class sizes are small : average 7 – 8. There are ca. 82 pupils on roll. Most of pupils at this therapeutic boarding school are boarders and the rest are day pupils. The therapy department offers speech and language and occupational therapy within the timetable according to assessed need.

Pupils aged 8 to 12 attend Shapwick Prep Department, those aged 13 to 16 attend Shapwick Senior, and A-level students receive direct support from the school but study at Bridgwater College or Strode College.

As one of the first specialist schools for children with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia the school is very proud of its staffs’ experience at understanding each child’s individual needs and helping them to grow into confident, skilled and happy adults ready to take the next stage in their life.

Motto of Shapwick School: The same road by different steps

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7 days boarding: 

9,786 per term

About the school

In 1974, Colin Atkinson, a former cricketer for Somerset County Cricket Cluband head of Millfield, established the Chalice School in Glastonbury to teach pupils with dyslexia. It used the old school in Burtle and was called Edington School, where in 1981 a Senior School was created called Edington Senior School. In 1984, Shapwick Senior School was established. The two schools worked together until 1994 when they merged to become Edington & Shapwick School, operating on the two sites in Shapwick and Burtle, and run by joint headmasters. In 2015, the school’s two sites were merged again onto the Shapwick campus.

The school is growing in strength and its reputation for breaking down the barriers to learning posed by SpLD goes as far afield as Canada, Australia, Angola and Singapore. 

This therapeutic boarding school l is accredited by the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD), and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Students study a broad and balanced national curriculum adapted where necessary to meet individual learners’ needs. 

This boarding school for autistic children  has an impressive sports hall and tennis court. Extensive playing
fields surround the school campus. Pupils also visit the neighbouring
further education college regularly to benefit from their sports
facilities and enjoy swimming lessons at a local pool

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Shapwick is a village on the Polden Hills overlooking the Somerset Moors, in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England. It is situated to the west of Glastonbury.

Bridgwater is a market town (population of 35’886) and civil parish in Somerset, England.

Specialises in: *Dyslexia and related Learning Disabilities such as *Dyscalculia (boys and girls 8-18 years) Shapwick Manor, Shapwick TA7 9NJ

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