Pupils at the Sheiling School are grouped in classes according to age rather than ability, and receive a broad and balanced holistic education based on the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum.
At the Sheiling School, we provide children and young people with a holistic education. In addition to giving our pupils a strong academic education, we also give them access to exceptional care and a wide range of therapies, so that they can reach their full potential.
Each Sheiling School pupil has a personalised curriculum and is well-supported by teachers and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) so that he or she can progress with confidence. Our holistic education programme is delivered using “total communication” and we also offer a highly successful Outdoor Curriculum.
Holistic Education at the Sheiling School, Thornbury
The Sheiling School follows the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum, which has been carefully designed to provide a holistic education. The Steiner Waldorf Curriculum includes all areas of the National Curriculum, but all academic topics are taught in 3 – 5 week blocks during our Main Lesson, which is delivered between 9.10 and 10.30 a.m. each day.
The Steiner Waldorf Curriculum strongly supports educational achievement while also providing therapeutic elements and encouraging pupils to develop independence skills.
Support for Holistic Education at the Sheiling School, Thornbury
The Sheiling School’s structure is designed to support pupils in all areas of their education. Our education, care and therapy departments work together and meet regularly to ensure that pupils can reach their academic potential, whilst also taking advantage of the therapeutic and developmental benefits provided by our holistic programme of education.
Sheiling School pupils also benefit from a high staff to pupil ratio and small class sizes. The overall structure of each day remains the same and each pupil receives their own visual timetable to provide them with added security. The class teacher and LSAs stay with each group for most lessons throughout the day, so that pupils can feel comfortable and confident when exploring new learning experiences.
Why Choose the Sheiling School?
Individual Holistic Education
Each pupil at the Sheiling School has an individual programme carefully designed to meet his or her needs. This balanced, holistic programme includes independence and life skills, as well as communication and sensory aspects. A wide range of professionals review the individual programmes to evaluate all outcomes and their effectiveness.
At the Sheiling School, we use total communication as part of our teaching methods. Total communication is a system using a variety of communication methods, including verbal communication, sign language and symbols. This enables staff and pupil to communicate effectively in ways which suit each young person’s individual needs.
The Sheiling School’s Outdoor Curriculum offers a holistic therapeutic and educational programme to children and young people who are hard to reach, and who may have experienced difficulties with more formal approaches to education or rigid timetables. This approach has been very successful with children and young people who have been out of school for long periods of time.
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