Founded in 1952

Therapies at the Sheiling School are given under the direction of qualified professionals. Our therapists work closely with teachers and care staff so knowledge of a pupil’s needs are applied to the whole of his or her individual programme.

Sheiling School – Therapies

The Sheiling School can provide pupils with a wide range of therapies. Therapies enhance both the educational and the personal development of the child in a holistic way.
Therapies can help to:

  • Remove obstacles to learning
  • Open doorways to new experiences
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Awaken latent abilities

Therapies at the Sheiling School, Thornbury

The Sheiling School has its own therapy building and various specialised therapies are available on-site, including:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Eurythmy (a specialised movement therapy)
  • Art therapy
  • Rhythmical massage therapy

Other therapeutic activities are used, for example, to develop awareness of the body or to stimulate aesthetic appreciation.

How Therapies Work at the Sheiling School, Thornbury

Parents are invited to attend regular internal reviews about the therapies their child is receiving. These reviews are led by the School’s Consultative Advisor and coordinated by the Head of Therapy and the Medical Needs Coordinator, who also coordinates all medical care.
Some of the recommendations arising from these therapies are also effectively integrated into classroom activities and into the house life. They may, for example, be applied through skill-based or craft activities in the classroom or in the development of independent living skills within the house.

Why Choose Us?

  • Individual programme for each pupil
  • Team of therapists
  • Experienced Consultative Advisor
  • Therapeutic learning environment
  • Wide range of therapies available
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Health Care

The Sheiling School’s Anthroposophical Consultative Advisor holds regular reviews for each pupil about their health care and therapies. Pupils are also registered at the local health centre.
An experienced Medical Needs Coordinator oversees the needs of all pupils, and our staff are trained to administer medication and hold first aid qualifications.


Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy at the Sheiling School aims to maximise the fulfilment of each pupil’s learning potential and sense of inclusion by promoting a Total Communication environment. This involves providing appropriate therapy, individually or in small groups, based on a full assessment of each student’s communication levels.


Eurythmy Therapy

The aim of Eurythmy Therapy is to work towards balancing and integrating cognitive abilities, emotional responses and the body in active movement. Movement exercises, as recommended by the School’s Consultative Advisor are done under the guidance of the therapist in one-to-one weekly sessions over a minimum period of seven weeks.

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