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Good Ofsted reports for Camphill Sheiling schools

The two Camphill schools in England & Wales  - the Sheiling School, Ringwood, Hants and the Sheiling School, Thornbury, Gloucestershire -  have both received good reports from their latest Ofsted inspections.

Both are independent residential special schools offering education and care to children and young people with moderate and severe learning disabilities and complex needs. The Thornbury school was classified as ‘good’ in all the categories covered by the inspection while the Ringwood school was judged as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features.

Both schools have developed considerably in recent years to raise the standards of their provision. The school at Thornbury was inspected in December 2010 and the inspectors’ report, published in August 2011, shows how well it is meeting the needs of its pupils.

The report states:  “Sheiling School provides a good standard of education for its pupils and successfully achieves its aim of providing a nurturing environment that meets their diverse needs. The curriculum and the quality of teaching and assessment are good, enabling pupils to make good progress. The provision for the welfare, health and safety of pupils is good, with safeguarding arrangements fully in place and meeting requirements. Due to the positive care and attitudes of staff, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their behaviour are good.”

The full report for the Sheiling School, Thornbury can be downloaded from the Ofsted website by clicking here. Visit the Sheiling School, Thornbury, website.

The school at Ringwood was inspected in June 2011 and the inspectors report published in July says: “The school provides a good quality of education that meets its aims and maintains the good standards identified at the previous inspection. Pupils’ progress is good because of the good quality teaching and curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, as is their behaviour.”

The full report for the Sheiling School, Ringwood, can be downloaded from the Ofsted website by clicking here. Visit the Sheiling School, Ringwood, website.

(Footnote: Although they have the same name, both catering for pupils and students with learning disabilities and are part of the Camphill Movement, the two schools are separate entities are are owned and managed by different charities.

The Thornbury school is part of Camphill Communities Thornbury which also offers support to adults with learning disabilities at The Hatch Camphill Community, Thornbury.

The Ringwood School is part of the Sheiling Trust which also supports adults with learning disabilities at the Lantern Community and Sturts Farm Community and runs the Ringwood Waldorf School.)

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