Local Offer –Abbot’s Way School, Meare, Somerset
The Local Offer or Summary of Provision
for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
Abbot’s Way School, Somerset
Abbot’s Way School is registered with the Department for Education and with the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic pupils (CReSTeD) under the 'special provision' category. It will be inspected by Ofsted initially, then by ISI and CReSTeD.
The school, which is an independent school, specialises in supporting boys and girls whose education has been adversely affected by dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Around half of the students have a statement of special educational needs.
The school is a day school for boys and girls age 7 up to 14 initially, and up to16 from 2022.
Children are supported in small classes and a broad, balanced pastoral and academic curriculum is tailored to meet their needs and abilities. Learning is personalised to take each individual child’s own needs into account and maximise their opportunities for success and achievement of their own potential.
Abbot’s Way employs a team of specialist teachers, speech & language therapists and occupational therapists who deliver to small classes and individuals.
All children have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which addresses the needs identified by an educational psychologist and our experienced, specialist staff.
Our pupils are bright and inquisitive with specific learning differences which present challenges associated with processing, memory, sequencing, language skills, literacy among others.
Our pupils’ learning differences also bring a range of strengths. We therefore strive to ensure they develop their ‘brilliance’, whether it be academic success or/and personal growth in, for example the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, creative and performing arts.
All studies are based broadly on the National Curriculum, adapted where necessary to meet each individual's requirements and sympathetic to the challenges presented by specific learning differences.
Abbot’s Way School also has a therapy team to support students in their education. Our team includes occupational and speech and language therapists who are experienced in working with children with SpLDs. The team also work with children who may have communication difficulties in both spoken and non-verbal aspects.
All new pupils are offered a screening assessment in their first term to identify any area that may impact upon their learning across the curriculum and in their daily and social lives. The outcome of the screening is shared with staff and parents to determine the best way forward and to enable the therapists to learn from the parents about the developmental history of the child and any provision previously offered.
Pupils enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities including school educational visits and residentials. We are a centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and ensure that educational trips are organised throughout the year to support pupils’ learning.
Please contact the school for the latest fee schedule.
Who to contact
Hellen Papworth / Gareth Wright – Joint Heads
01458 397497 - 07506 578039
Where we are
Abbot’s Way School
St Mary’s Road, Meare, Somerset. BA6 9SR