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By Hayley Ramm, Nov 17 2016 02:26PM

Tuesday 29th November

#GivingTuesday was introduced to the UK two years ago and last year they raised £6,000 a minute for UK charities and broke the world record for most amount of money donated online in 24 hours! #GivingTuesday now runs in over 70 countries around the world including the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia and Brazil.

Here at The Sheiling Ringwood we are encouraging people to explore ways in which to raise money for worthy causes and to make a donation to people and organisations making a positive difference in the world.

We would also like to acknowledge the contribution our own staff and community make to the lives of young people with severe, complex and moderate learning disabilities, including autism and communication difficulties. Our team is not only capable, qualified and highly trained, but brings great dedication, kindness and respect on a daily basis to our children and young people. They truly make a difference.

By Hayley Ramm, Oct 12 2016 12:31PM

This week Morrisons Verwood Store Community Champion Jenny Cook was pleased to present a £10,000 donation from the Morrisons Foundation to The Sheiling Ringwood.

Corine van Barneveld, Principal said: ‘’We are immensely grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous donation which will be used to fund the purchase of a vehicle for The Sheiling Ringwood. This fulfills an essential transport requirement for our young people to take part in offsite visits for work experience and medical appointments. In addition, as part of their lessons and life skills, students travel off site for a variety of activities including horse riding, swimming, hiking, and visiting museums. As many of our students are also resident here, they take part in various leisure activities such as going to the zoo, the cinema, and the beach and this donation with greatly help enhance the quality of our students’ lives’’.

The Morrisons Foundation was established in 2015 to provide financial support to registered charities operating in communities across the UK.

David Scott, Trustee of the Morrisons Foundation, said: "The Morrisons Foundation provides support to charities making a difference to people in local communities. This donation will help The Sheiling Ringwood deliver important services in the local area.”

By Hayley Ramm, Sep 27 2016 11:14AM

On Saturday 13th August William & Mary Hair Salon in Ashley Heath held their 5th birthday celebration and Charity Day with an Alice in Wonderland themed event. The day included tea and cakes served on the green, a fabulous raffle, with prizes donated by the salon’s clients and local businesses, and the salon staff, wearing fancy dress, were extremely busy carrying out non-stop blow dries for customers with all proceeds being donated to The Sheiling Ringwood.

The salon raised an amazing £1075 for The Sheiling Ringwood, an Independent Special School, College and a Children’s Care Home for students with severe, complex and moderate learning disabilities, including autism and communication difficulties. The money will be put towards new chairs for the Assembly Hall which are much needed.

Emma Beddow, Salon Manager, said: ‘’We are delighted to not only have been able to celebrate the salon’s 5th birthday, but also to raise money for The Sheiling Ringwood, a charity close to our hearts and which is also close to our salon. We had a great day and we are very grateful to the support we received from so many of our clients.’’

Corine van Barneveld, Principal, commented: ‘’We very much appreciate the hard work and fund-raising efforts from all at William & Mary and we are extremely grateful for the money they raised and to the people who supported the event and so generously donated.’’

By Hayley Ramm, Sep 20 2016 09:25AM

The Sheiling Ringwood is offering a free workshop on Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs) & E-Safety for the parents of children or young people with complex educational needs.

The first part of the day will provide parents with guidance and help to unravel the process of transferring from Statements to EHCPs. This change has come about as a result of The Children and Families Act 2014, with one of the key changes being the introduction of EHCPs which have replaced Statements of special educational needs.

Eleanor Wright from SOS!SEN will give a presentation about EHCPs and will share ideas on how to achieve the best outcomes and will identify useful resources. For the last hour, there will be an E-safety workshop to help parents ensure that their children are kept safe when online.

Representatives from The Rose Road Association will be on hand to offer 1:1 support sessions.

The workshop will run from 10.00am – 2.30pm and includes a free buffet lunch. It will be held at The Sheiling Ringwood, Horton Road, Ashley, Ringwood, BH24 2EB.

Please email Sharon at [email protected] if you have questions and to register for the event.

By Hayley Ramm, Sep 12 2016 08:44AM

The Sheiling Ringwood is delighted to welcome Mike Gamble as the new Head of College and to welcome back Andy Walters as the new Head of School (Andy was Deputy Head during 2013/2014). Both incoming heads bring extensive experience in the fields of education and Special Educational Needs.

After graduating from Birmingham University in genetics and biochemistry, Mike spent time travelling the world and then moved onto working with youth groups through the Peterborough Arts Centre. He then spent 25 years working with Sense, the national voluntary organization working with, and supporting people of all ages, who have sensory impairments and additional disabilities including learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders. Here Mike worked as a support worker, teacher, Residential Manager, Education Service Manager and Area Manager and in 2011 he was appointed Vice Principal of Sense College.

Mike says: ‘’I loved my time working at Sense, but felt it was time for a new adventure, and I definitely have one here! The Sheiling is a unique and amazing environment and I’m really looking forward to learning more about its history and community. I want to be able to use my own individual experiences and skills to contribute to the student and staff development in the College, and within the wider Sheiling organisation.’’

Andy trained at Portsmouth University and has been a teacher for 15 years, originally teaching Science and Maths in secondary schools. He went on to work with children with autism, in the same company across two schools for 10 years, in both care and teaching roles. Andy took on the role of Assistant Head in 2010 and, since then, has remained in school leadership within several schools. Andy has particularly enjoyed working with education teams to develop practice in learning and teaching, and supporting schools to define, develop and improve their curriculum and assessment methods. He also has a passion for Computing and Design &Technology and has been involved in developing these subjects for SEN students.

Andy says: ‘’Every student I have worked with has taught me something and enabling these students to learn, grow, develop their self-esteem, social behaviour, communication and life skills has been the driving force for my work. There really is no school quite like the Sheiling and I am absolutely committed to making the school the very best it can be. I look forward to supporting the school to continue to improve and move forward, as part of the amazing team here, expanding and building upon the huge successes of the past several years.’’

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