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SCHOOLS | funding and Ofsted

FUNDING for residential, weekly and day pupils at the two Camphill independent special schools in England normally comes from the placing local education authority. Pupils can also be funded privately. Contact the schools for details of current fees.  You can find full contact details on their own web pages in the Our Communities section of this site.

Ofsted inspections of both schools have produced very positive reports.

The Sheiling School, Thornbury, was inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (now Ofsted Care) in October 2006. Included in the report's list of ‘What the school does well' are:

  • The school's ethos to attend to the personal, emotional-social, academic and spiritual care of the children and young people informs all staff and provides for the widest range of opportunities and life and learning experiences.
  • Children and young people's development is well supported and their individual progress from the moment of admission often rapid and exceptional.
  • Parents and Placing Officers are fully supportive of the school with some very high praise for the significant change and progress observed in children and young people.
  • Relationships between staff and children and young people were observed to be of the most caring and supportive nature.

The full report is available on the Ofsted website.

The Sheiling School, Ringwood, was inspected by Ofsted in October 2007. In the report's ‘Evaluation of the school' the inspection's findings include

  • The Sheiling School provides good quality education and care and successfully achieves its aim to offer an integrated provision that meets the complex needs of its pupils and students.
  • The provision for older students is particularly effective.
  • The school is justifiably well regarded by parents who have expressed appreciation of the work done on their children's behalf.
  • The work undertaken by the staff impacts positively on the lives of the pupils; this is achieved through the combined effort of different professionals who work at the school.

The full report is available on the Ofsted website.


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