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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 an adapted and child-centred 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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View Class 8’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream here!
Starring: Hadley as King Oberon, Theo as Jumpey the Elephant and Eve as Queen Titania.



Class 8 studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of their Main Lesson.

Pupils decided that they would like to write and act in their own version. It was decided that in our version, Queen Titania was upset that King Oberon spent more time looking for pheasants than being with her! The King became angry and sent his mischievous servant Puck into the human world to confuse people. The Queen became angry at the King, who quickly reflected and apologised for his actions.

The whole class were involved in writing the script, directing the action, making titles and credits for the film. Pupils acted in scenes together and memorised all their lines. One pupil learnt how to import the footage into the computer and use editing software to cut the film together.

Class 8 were very proud to premier their film in the last assembly of term.

Helen Hewitt, Assistant Teacher


“How can I possibly put into words the gratitude and happiness we now feel for having our amazing boy back?”

Why Choose the Sheiling School?

Our 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. Our 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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