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By Hayley Ramm, Jun 20 2019 10:04PM

The Sheiling Ringwood was delighted to officially open their new College Hub. Cllr Barry Goringe delivered the opening speech and cut the ribbon and Mr Philip Warr, HM High Sheriff of Dorset, was also present at the event.

Sheiling College is the only residential provider of specialist college education in Dorset for 19 – 25-year-olds. The college was established in 2012 with just 6 students and now has well over 30 today. The Hub will be an important part of college education and, with its working kitchen, café, retail space and office area, will be an innovative way of providing young people with the opportunity to gain valuable life and work skills.

The use of real-life equipment and areas where the students can practise and develop skills in a safe and specialised environment will be critical in developing transferable learning for the young people at the Sheiling. The Hub will act as a bridge to enable students to safely develop the skills necessary so they can progress to be more independent in life and, where appropriate, on to supported work, internships and employment.

The Hub will also provide an ideal place to invite local businesses within the community to learn about the young people the Sheiling supports and the challenges they encounter. This aims to have a positive effect for local community members who have learning disabilities but can also have tangible benefits for local businesses.

By Hayley Ramm, Jan 17 2019 11:07AM

We are excited to announce that Boston Tea Party Ringwood are now our Charity Partners.

Boston Tea Party have stopped using single use cups and they ask their customers to bring with them reusable cups for their takeaway drinks. Every time a customer buys a takeaway hot drink Boston Tea Party donates 10p to community projects, which, in Ringwood, for the next six months, is the Sheiling.

So, pop into their Ringwood café in The Furlong, treat yourself to a takeaway drink and know that you will be also supporting us!

By Hayley Ramm, Feb 1 2018 03:24PM

The staff, trustees and students of Sheiling School are delighted to have been rated

‘Good’ across all inspection areas following their recent full Ofsted inspections.

Sheiling School provides placements for children and young people between the ages

of 6 and 19 with severe, complex and moderate learning disabilities including autistic

spectrum disorders. Set in a stunning sustainable and eco-friendly 40-acre site close to

the New Forest and Dorset coastline, the natural surroundings of the school provide a

rich, enabling and therapeutic learning environment for its students.

Some of the highlights of the report include:


• Staff share the high aspirations of leaders and are unrelenting in their quest to

provide pupils with the very best learning and therapeutic experiences.

• Relationships between staff and pupils are impressive. Staff forge a warm and

supportive environment which enables pupils to feel safe and secure.

• Behaviour of pupils is good. Staff understand pupils’ needs extremely well and

manage their complex and anxious behaviours with skill.

• The curriculum is rich and varied, which motivates pupils to learn.

• Parents are positive about the school. They welcome the high-quality care and

education their children receive.


• Children are happy and are making good progress socially, emotionally and


• Relationships between staff and children are strong, sensitive and caring.

• The quality of the outdoor facilities and children’s access to their local environment is

excellent. The quality of this provision benefits children.

• Leaders and managers successfully implement a strong ethos and positive

philosophy throughout the home that is understood and delivered by staff.

Head of School, Andy Walters comments,

“I am absolutely delighted with the outcomes from our recent Ofsted. The inspector

made a significant effort to really understand our provision and to analyse all the areas

that are making a difference to our students. Highlights for me are the positive

reflections on how the seamless integration of education, therapies and life in our

residential houses all help the students to learn and to make progress.

Our teaching staff consistently deliver imaginative, purposeful and effective learning

experiences for the students. I believe the report is an accurate reflection of our school

and recognises all staff involvement and their dedicated and passionate approach.

I am pleased from both the report and my discussions with the inspector that our

approach, ethos and contribution to the sector has been recognised. I would also like to

share my thanks to all parents/carers and families who contributed to the inspection and

a huge ‘well done’ to our students who bravely and gamely shared their thoughts and

communicated with the inspector - they engaged warmly and positively.”

Reflecting upon their child’s time at the school, one parent warmly comments,

‘It is the first time my daughter has been valued as an individual and not the child with

all the problems’.

Sheiling School is now looking ahead to the coming year and continuing to deliver high

quality education and care whilst driving forward initiatives to further develop new

experiences for their children and young people.

For further information please contact: Hayley Ramm

01425 477488


By Hayley Ramm, Jan 24 2018 02:15PM

The Sheiling Ringwood is delighted to announce that Colten Care’s Brook View nominated

The Sheiling Ringwood as its charity of the year for 2017 and raised over £700 through a series of

events including a summer fete and Christmas fayre.

The Sheiling Ringwood is a school and college for children and young people between the ages of 6

and 25 with severe, complex and moderate learning disabilities including autistic spectrum disorders.

Bursar, Nick Sabin, was presented with a cheque for £708.94 by Brook View’s Operations Manager,

Jacky Sylvester.

Jacky said: “We became aware of the Sheiling after one of their students came here for work experience and I know we all feel very privileged to have been able to help the school and college continue with its amazing work.”

Nick Sabin said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this generous donation which will go towards equipment for our new College Vocational Hub. This facility will incorporate a kitchen and a café and will enable our students to develop some valuable life skills, such as preparing simple meals. It will be a fantastic resource for our students and we very much appreciate Brook View’s help in making it a reality.”

Brook View resident Esme Bannister agreed: “It’s lovely to know that everyone at the home has been

able to help youngsters in this way.”

Image caption: Left to right: Colten Companion Sarah Clark, Amanda Cresswell, Fundraiser at

The Sheiling Ringwood, Nick Sabin, Bursar at The Sheiling Ringwood, Brook View resident

Esme Bannister and Brook View’s Operations Manager, Jacky Sylvester.

For further information please contact: Amanda Cresswell

01425 477488/077 663 51287

By Hayley Ramm, Nov 15 2017 11:21AM

We are inviting you to join us for a special event at The Sheiling Ringwood on Monday 11th December 2017. This event aims to give you all the crucial information you need regarding EHCPs, SEND Tribunals and Education Law. The event will take place at our beautiful woodland site and will be delivered by experienced legal professionals Melinda Nettleton and John Friel. They have specialist knowledge of the SEND Tribunal process and EHCPs

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