The Sheiling Ringwood
Special needs catered for
Severe, complex and moderate learning disabilities, including autistic spectrum disorders. Additional emotional and behavioural difficulties, speech and language and expertise across a wide range of conditions, syndromes and disabilities.
Integrated residential and day, school and college life in a beautiful, natural setting with an intentional community style. A creative and hands-on curriculum with tailored therapeutic and medical inputs.
Support services provided
Whole setting and team carefully considered throughout, with purpose built therapy centre and multi-disciplinary team providing speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, transformative art counselling, music therapy, eurythmy therapy and colour light therapy. Art, craft and music all integrated into the curriculum.
Home school links
The school and college work in partnership with parents and conduct regular meetings and reviews. There is a termly newsletter and social events to bring home and school together.
The Sheiling Ringwood is situated on a 40 acre site encompassing open green spaces and mixed woodland forming breathing space between buildings and a therapeutic and peaceful setting. We are close to the market town of Ringwood in the New Forest yet only a few miles from the coast and wonderful beaches. We neighbour the towns of Poole and Bournemouth.
On site we have a large hall, gymnasium, shallow, heated indoor pool and purpose built therapy building. Around the estate there are a variety indoor and outdoor craft workshops including a green woodwork area and a half-acre organic garden.
Residential accommodation is in large family-style homes, each with its own garden and open space. Older students live separately from those younger and use their own classrooms but share other facilities. Some staff live within the community whilst others live locally.
Aims and philosophy
A heart, head and hands approach to teaching and supporting students with a special educational need, our Rudolf Steiner inspired school and college conducts modern best practice whilst respecting and developing every student’s sense of self.
Staff qualification and selection
The Sheiling Ringwood is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff are carefully selected in accordance with safer recruitment guidelines and will have a full DBS check. They will also hold appropriate qualifications for their job role.