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.

Specialist facilities

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, eurythmy, massage and Bowen Technique. 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.

General environment

The Sheiling Ringwood is situated on a 45-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 of indoor and outdoor craft workshops including a green woodwork area, half-acre organic garden and sensory 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.

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.

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The Sheiling Ringwood
Horton Road,
BH24 2EB


01425 477488


01425 479536


[email protected]




Teaching staff



Corine van Barneveld

Residential care staff

Residential care staff: 119

DFEE Registered number


Length of school year

38 weeks

Age range

5-19 (school); 19-25 (college)

Number on roll

34 (school) 38 (college)

Type of school

Mixed – Residential, Day and weekly pupils


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