Founded in 1952

The Sheiling School is an independent school and children’s home for children and young people aged 6-19 with special educational needs. We offer day and residential placements for 52 weeks, termly and  weekly boarders.

Located on a beautiful estate in Thornbury, near Bristol, the Sheiling School aims to provide pupils with a holistic education within a safe, secure and well-supported environment. We have superb facilities and provide pupils with an excellent academic education, as well as a wide range of therapies.

Holistic Education

The Sheiling School follows the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum. This includes all areas of the National Curriculum, but also includes therapies and encourages pupils to develop life and independence skills.

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Home Life

The Sheiling School, Thornbury, provides pupils with a safe, secure and nurturing home environment. We provide pupils with excellent care, nutritious meals and a wide range of leisure activities.

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The Sheiling School offers a wide variety, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and music therapy. Our qualified therapists work closely with care and teaching staff.

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“Children and young people benefit from a calm, safe school where they have the freedom to explore the extensive grounds and appreciate their natural environment. The setting provides plenty of open space for young people with learning disabilities. Their safety is promoted through good staffing levels and a learning environment where they are encouraged to explore and try new things.”
“How can I possibly put into words the gratitude and happiness we now feel for having our amazing boy back?”

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Thornbury Choral Society Visit

We are grateful to members of the Thornbury Choral Society and friends for an afternoon of Christmas Carols. This has... Read More →

The Riverboat Blue 2018

Congratulations to all our pupils for their fantastic production of our end of term Christmas Play: The Riverboat Blue. The... Read More →

Why Choose the Sheiling School?

The Steiner Waldorf Curriculum provides young people with a rich educational experience and is adapted to ensure all aspects of learning are accessible to all Sheiling School pupils. The curriculum gives equal attention to the physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs of each pupil, and is designed to work in harmony with the different phases of child development.
At the Sheiling School, a team of professionals designs an individual plan or programme for each pupil to help him or her to get the most out of his or her education. The programme builds on the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum and sets out the strategies being used to meet the pupil’s specific needs.
The Sheiling School is situated within a tranquil and attractive park, on the edge of the South Gloucestershire town of Thornbury, near Bristol. The grounds are ideally suited to outdoor lessons and leisure activities, and we also have superb facilities, including our own swimming pool.

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