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Sedgemoor Manor School

Welcome to Sedgemoor Manor School

Welcome to Sedgemoor Manor School. We deliver specialist educational, vocational, and therapeutic and care services for young people aged 7-19 years with a diagnosis of autism and associated complex needs.

Our school is located in the peaceful and idyllic Somerset countryside near the town of Highbridge. Whilst we benefit from a beautiful rural location, the school has good transport links, being situated just a five minutes’ drive from the M5 motorway.

We are proud that the young people leaving our school all move on to further learning or employment.

Personalised learning that transforms lives

Sedgemoor Manor School transforms the lives of young people by empowering them to break negative cycles and achieve their potential. With our specialist support, students build the confidence, resilience and independence skills to pursue their passions and aspirations, unlocking a range of exciting opportunities for their future. We are proud that young people leaving our school all move on to further learning or employment.

Our young people are at the heart of all that we do and we know that no two students with autism are the same: each young person has their own unique needs, strengths, preferences and ambitions. Students thrive at Sedgemoor Manor School because we are committed to delivering education and support that is carefully and skilfully tailored to them as an individual.

Trusting and positive relationships

Ofsted has recognised the exceptional working relationships our staff build with students which encourage them to love learning again. These positive connections make young people feel secure, valued and confident to be themselves at school, often for the first time. They learn in a warm and welcoming community where they are listened to and understood.

As they undertake their learning journey with our school, we work in partnership with each young person, their families and the professionals that support them.

An idyllic location for learning

Sedgemoor Manor School is a converted manor house in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Our extensive grounds provide opportunities for rewarding life experiences that broaden our students’ horizons, including caring for animals, a forest school, gardening and horticulture.

“I was apprehensive my daughter would ever set foot in a school setting again, but through the Sedgemoor Manor School nurturing, listening to both me and my daughter, and following my daughter’s lead, she is beginning to thrive. I will never be able to show my sincere gratitude to the school that has gone above and beyond to help my child.”

Parent of a student at Sedgemoor Manor School

Our specialist services

The range of services and facilities available at Sedgemoor Manor School include:

  • A warm and welcoming school community, with small classes and high staff to student ratios

  • A fully integrated and multidisciplinary staff team delivering specialist teaching, care and therapeutic services that lead to excellent outcomes

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of supporting children and young people, who have a diagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum and other special educational needs associated with this diagnosis

  • The Thrive Approach for supporting wellbeing and developing resilience is embedded across the school and a number of staff members are Thrive practitioners

  • A broad range of therapeutic support delivered on-site in dedicated therapy rooms, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, Thrive activities, mindfulness and access to psychological assessments

  • Rated ‘Good’ in all assessment categories by Ofsted during our latest inspection

  • Opportunities to experience learning in a range of contexts, including outdoors and in the community

  • A peaceful and calming rural setting, a short drive from the M5 motorway

Achieving positive outcomes for our young people

In 2022, our students achieved the following positive transitions and outcomes:

  • 100% of school leavers continued their education at college or progressed into employment

  • 100% GCSE pass rate, with 45% of students achieving grade 4 or above and 33% achieving Grade 5 and above

  • 100% of students achieved a qualification in maths, English and science.

  • 100% passed their post-16 qualifications

  • Each year 11 student successfully completed their optional courses

  • Each year 11 student achieved an average of 7.25 qualifications

“I have experienced many educational settings, both mainstream and specialist, through my own work and my children’s placements. I am not the easiest woman to impress, but Sedgemoor Manor’s staff have not only impressed, but exceeded my expectations. They are highly professional, have a great depth of knowledge and above all they care.”

Parent of a student at Sedgemoor Manor School

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