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Good SEN schools in Wiltshire

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LindyanneE Fri 25-Jan-13 08:50:12

We are planning to move back to the UK in June from Melbourne, Australia, and we are looking into schools for our two dyslexic sons who will be 14 and 11yrs by Sept. and our 5yo just starting school.
I would love to hear from anyone with good experiences with SEN at the schools cos this will be our eldest son's 5th school and I really want to get it right. We will buy a house, pref. rural to be close to the best school.
Like many dyslexics he is intelligent, verbally coherent, creative and gifted in music and the visual arts.
We work from home so just need a big house!

castlesintheair Fri 25-Jan-13 13:45:40

I know nothing about this specialist dyslexic school or whether it will suit your DC's needs but I grew up in this village and it is an idyllic part of the world.

goinggetstough Fri 25-Jan-13 14:58:47

Just tried to find previous thread on Appleford but I remember there were mixed reviews of the school. I have 2 friends that took their DSs away from the school in the last 2 years. They felt that they hadn't helped their reading etc and that their confidence etc had suffered.
Other specialist schools is the area and around Wiltshire:

Schools with specialist dyslexic units/teaching:
Millfield prep and senior school www.millfieldprep.com/index.htm
The music and art are excellent at both the prep and the senior schools. They are schools that are known for sport but due to their size are very good at a number of different things. The senior school is 1200 pupils but the classes range from 6 to 12/15 pupils.

NewFerry Fri 25-Jan-13 15:01:42

If you are looking at independent schools, I have a friend who moved her DS out of a very well regarded state school and into this school, just over the border in Glos. I think she was very happy with the help he received.

Wycliffe School

I understand that John Bentlery state school in Calne has specialist SEN provision, but I dont know specifically about dyslexia.

Lostonthemoors Fri 25-Jan-13 15:04:14

There is a boys' prep called Bruern as well.

Lostonthemoors Fri 25-Jan-13 15:09:55

Sorry no idea if in Wilts or not blush

goinggetstough Fri 25-Jan-13 18:44:35

Bruern Abbey is near Oxford and is a day and boarding school for boys.

leLeigh Wed 30-Jan-13 18:33:52

Hi I have had 3 of my 4 children in Appleford .... all dyslexic all bright and articulate children. Our eldest daughter is now at Shapwick as was our eldest son. Appleford has just this term gone into the realms of senior education. I personally say book a taster at both and judge yourself. .. personally I cannot fault the dedication and commitment of both schools ... they are however very different and only yourself as a parent will be able too see which one is bestsuited. Please feel free too ask any questions I shall endeavour to answer them. Regards and good luck

LindyanneE Thu 31-Jan-13 11:16:30

Thank you all so much but most of you are referring to independent schools and we simply can't afford them.
I am looking at the John Bentley school though. They received my request very kindly.
I'll also look at Devizes, Corsham, Hardenhuish and The Clarendon Academy.
If anyone out there has any experience of these schools I'd love to hear.

CabbageLooking Thu 31-Jan-13 11:18:17

Have a look at Melksham Oak Community School. Excellent generic SEN support and lots of staff specifically trained on dyslexia. Recently rated "Good" by OFSTED and the area isn't too expensive.

kissmyheathenass Thu 31-Jan-13 12:01:04

Hi, I have been on a virtual tour of state schools with good SEN provision. Are you definitely going to Wilts? you mentioned some Gloucester schools too . If you let me know all the areas you are considering I will consult my rather substantial spreadshhet and give you some suggestions. I am looking for state secondarys good with dyslexia/SEN in decent areas up to £350,000 so can give you loads of ideas if thats similar to your budget.

NewFerry Thu 31-Jan-13 17:02:16

Clarendon has a somewhat colourful head teacher see wiltshire times

Against the headlines though, several of the students wrote to the paper the following week complaining of the report and defending the good work he is doing at the school. And the results show it is improving, and discipline issues are being heavily stamped on. However, I would definitely treat with caution as I think it is hard to know whether he can stay longer term.

XBenedict Thu 31-Jan-13 17:06:21

I live locally and I think Sheldon school in Chippenham has the best reputation for SEN although I must add my DCs are not secondary school age just yet.

PhyllisDoris Fri 01-Feb-13 00:45:03

Also have a look at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. SEN there is pretty good.

kissmyheathenass Fri 01-Feb-13 20:22:29

Phyllis, the RWB ofsted is very impressive. Whats the town itsefl like? Is there much for teenagers to do? also, do you know the primariy schools?

LindyanneE Fri 01-Feb-13 22:51:59

To kissmy... Yes that is within our budget and we did want to stay in that area firstly to make it manageable (I'll only be there for first week March to look) and also to stay within 2 hours train ride to London. Also it's where we got married & only area we know! We've only lived in London and Surrey before.
I'd really appreciate your spreadsheet's advice ! Thank you.

To the others - Sheldon is oversubscribed and won't see means Melksham Oak have not replied. Thanks anyway.
Will read that Clarendon article now.

PhyllisDoris Fri 01-Feb-13 23:28:01

There are 3 primary schools. All much of a muchness, and reasonably good. Two have infants and juniors on the same site (Longleaze and St Bartholomews) and the third is split over two sites (Noremarsh/County Infants).
St Barts is C of E, but not overly so.
I don't know what SEN provision is like at the primaries, but it is good at the Academy.
I have teen DDs at the Academy who love living in RWB. There's not a great deal for them in the town itself, though sports provision is good, but its only 6 miles from Swindon- cinemas, eateries, clubs etc. Easy and cheap train to Bath and Bristol too.
What are your DCs in to?
The town has a great community feel, and school is involved with community. Everyone very friendly. We love it here - it's a great, safe place to bring up kids.

PhyllisDoris Fri 01-Feb-13 23:29:23

Academy also has void arts dept, school orchestra etc.

steppemum Fri 01-Feb-13 23:36:42

Kingshill in Cirencester I think has a good reputation for SEN. It is borderline wilts

Sunnyshores Wed 06-Feb-13 21:28:04

If your looking at Devizes school, I'm told that Market Lavington (about 10 minutes away) is actually a better school for SEN. No personal experience though.

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