Self-belief is at the heart of Shapwick School. Our mission is to empower children who are hindered by a learning difficulty to realise their true potential.
For over 40 years, our specialist teachers, have supported the learning of young people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. We understand that children struggle to learn if they have low self-confidence and poor self-esteem. Shapwick School ensures that no young person feels different as the student body is composed of students with very similar needs. This creates an empathetic environment within which students understand each other and are very supportive of their peers.
Boundaries are broken, bars are raised and pupils no longer feel that they are unable to achieve. A new found can-do belief, is underpinned with celebrated successes during their school years, preparing them for life beyond school. With a sound academic foundation and a developed character, pupils leave well equipped to embark on the next stage of their journey, no longer shy of challenges that may lie ahead. Visitors to the school always observe how happy and settled our students are which we feel reflects our motto ‘The same road by different steps’. Children leave Shapwick with a genuine self-belief that their learning difficulties will not hold them back.
Offering a highly bespoke educational experience to girls and boys age 8-18, Shapwick provides a multi-sensory approach in the classroom using auditory, visual and kinaesthetic methods throughout the whole curriculum. All Shapwick staff are highly skilled, experienced and well qualified in the field of special educational needs.
Shapwick's teaching methods are significantly different to mainstream schools. When, in the early 1980s Dr. Harry Chasty (a pioneer in Specific Learning Difficulties - SpLD) visited the school, his dictum was “If children can't learn the way you teach, you need to teach the way they learn” This is the philosophy which inspires the teaching methods at the school today. With small class sizes and an 8:1 pupil to teacher ratio, teachers creatively tailor their teaching methods and styles to ensure their pupils learn.
All children have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which addresses the needs identified by an educational psychologist and the school's experienced staff. Dedicated speech & language therapists and occupational therapists support pupils, either in small groups or individually.
Shapwick School is situated overlooking the delightful Somerset levels, near to the coast, the Mendips, Quantocks and Exmoor, ideally placed for the many enrichment activities that we offer including the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Shapwick school offers full, weekly and flexi boarding.
A CReSTeD category ‘SP’ School, for over twenty years, we are delighted to be one of the finalist in this year’s ISA award for alternative school provision. You can come and find out more about us on stand 228. We would be delighted to meet you and, if appropriate, arrange a visit for you to Shapwick, to see the school, and meet our students, for yourself.