We currently have vacancies for both day and residential placements; for further details please contact admissions@sheilingschool.org.uk


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

We cater for a wide range of SEND diagnoses including autism, autism spectrum disorders, communication difficulties, attachment issues, moderate to severe learning difficulties and behavioural, emotional & social difficulties. We welcome applications for children and young people from any social, religious and ethnic background.

Please note that we do not operate a waiting list; when vacancies arise placements are allocated following careful consideration of suitability within the current dynamics of the individual class rather than being designated on a ‘first come first served’ or ‘age only’ basis. Although a suitable class or residential space may be available at the point of enquiry, a firm offer of placement cannot be made until we are confident that we can meet the young person’s needs and funding has been formally agreed. Regrettably, we are unable to hold a place open in the meantime.

The main steps in the admission procedure are as follows:

  • We ask you for relevant reports to consider your child’s needs in detail
  • If we feel we can meet the needs of your child, we will arrange for you to visit the school
  • Once a place is offered and funding is confirmed, we will work on transition

We welcome enquiries from prospective parents and Local Authorities.

Making your decision

Before you begin the admissions process, we know that you will want to be confident that Sheiling School is the right school for your child. The best way to find this out is by coming to visit us.

We are only able to offer a visit once your child has an EHCP in place

If a visit is scheduled, you will be welcome to come, either with or without your child and you’ll be able to tour the site and see our facilities. You can also meet our staff, and talk to us about any concerns that you have or ask us questions.

To find out more please email us at admissions@sheilingschool.org.uk