Sheiling College

Specialist college for young adults with severe, moderate or complex special educational needs including autistic spectrum disorders.
Students off-site visiting work experience provider
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Sheiling College
The Sheiling Ringwood
Horton Road, Ashley
BH24 2EB
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    19 – 25



General Description

Set in a stunning, sustainable and eco-friendly 40-acre site close to the New Forest and Dorset coastline, the natural surroundings of our College provide a rich, enabling and therapeutic learning environment for young adults (19-25 years old) with severe and moderate special educational needs, including autistic spectrum disorders.

With excellent community links students are able to access a wide variety of community work and leisure activities to support their development.



Accredited qualifications studied are most typically OCR Life and Living Skills Qualifications at Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3. 
Some of the subjects that contribute to the curriculum:

•    horticulture estates work
•    green woodwork
•    independent living skills
•    creative art
•    numeracy
•    literacy
•    ICT
•    cookery
•    PSHE
•    music
•    drama
•    small animal care
•.   vocational skills
•    work experience
•    preparation for the world of work

Specialist Facilities

We have an extensive range of therapies available for learners to benefit from;

•    speech and language therapy
•    occupational therapy
•    physiotherapy
•    music therapy
•    art therapy
•    massage therapy
•    eurythmy therapy
•    colour light therapy
•    positive behaviour support
•.   nurse with dedicated medical area

Sheiling College (19-25) and Sheiling School (6-19) have a purpose-built Vocational Hub with dedicated working kitchen areas, a training café, retail space, office skills area, therapy building, gym hall, drama/multipurpose hall with stage, heated indoor swimming pool, traditional green woodworking area situated in our forest, outdoor and indoor craft workshops, Eurythmy building and half-acre kitchen garden.


  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Behavioural difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • A specialised land-based curriculum
    • A personal development programme
    • A social skills programme
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
  • > Our specialist services

    • A range of therapeutic services
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • In-house occupational therapy
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements
    • Waking night residential staff
    • In-house nursing services
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year

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