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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.

Important Information re: Coronavirus

On Monday 11th May following extensive discussions with Public Health England and South Gloucestershire Council, Sheiling School took the decision to close on a temporary basis following the positive Covid-19 test results of two members of the educational staff.

Up to 18 vulnerable pupils were attending the school on a regular basis with up to 30 educational staff on site. The school has been following strict guidance on social distancing where possible, use of PPE and daily infection control cleaning but despite these rigorous measures, two members of staff have, very regrettably, tested positive for the virus.

The school will now undergo a deep clean and all staff and pupils will be tested for COVID-19.

The residential homes for children and young people that are run by Sheiling School have been unaffected by the cases and remain open.

If you have any questions about the closure, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01454 412 194 or mail@sheilingschool.org.uk


Located on a beautiful estate in Thornbury, near Bristol, 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.

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Holistic Education

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

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

Why Choose 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 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.
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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