The Sheiling School is an independent
residential school for children and adolescents aged 6-19 with special
educational needs. The school is part of Camphill Communities Thornbury
and a member of the Camphill Movement. We offer both residential
placements for termly and weekly boarders, day placements, as well
as short term breaks.
are situated on a beautiful estate of 50 acres of
parkland and farmland in the historic small town of Thornbury, South
Gloucestershire. Since 1952 the school has continued to develop education
and care for pupils with a wide range special educational needs, moderate
to severe learning disabilities and complex needs.
The rural atmosphere of our large estate and biodynamic farm
and garden are a peaceful setting for the life of the school.
The physical environment and our unique educational approach greatly
benefit the children placed with us, especially those whose insecurity
and sensitivity manifest as emotional difficulties and management
problems. The school provides an all-inclusive educational, therapeutic
and friendly social environment all on one site.
Our holistic educational approach is based upon the work of
Rudolf Steiner and is similar to Waldorf Education. Along side
main subject and academic teaching, there is a strong emphasis
on the arts and crafts as well as an extensive outdoor curriculum.
Care staff are also involved in the educational programme which
means that pupils receive consistent support and continuity of
care and education throughout the day.
The school has a three-term year with longer holidays at Christmas,
Easter and Summer and shorter half terms in October, February
Our accommodation and facilities are of a very high standard.
The houses are homely, warm and lively places as some houseparents
and care workers also make their own homes here. We offer a home
life where the pupils learn a range of independence skills at
their own pace. Our safe environment permits pupils to walk to
school with minimum supervision.
All pupils enjoy a good and healthy diet based on our additive
free organic produce from our own fields and gardens.Pupils enjoy
our large and peaceful estate, which is especially beneficial
where hyper-sensitivity contributes to behavioural problems.