Selworthy School offers something special in Taunton

This is The West Country: Learners gear up for their school pantomime. Learners gear up for their school pantomime.

AT Selworthy School, they believe every youngster has something to offer, regardless of their needs and abilities.

The school, in Priorswood, Taunton, gives learners aged four to 19 a chance to see the wider world in a safe, friendly environment where staff can give them specialist education that promotes independence.

There are 89 learners on roll, with 120 staff, and in last month’s Ofsted inspection, the education authority summed the school up in one word – ‘cracking’.

Head teacher of eight years, Karen Milton, said: “We believe no child should have to change to come here; we will change to fit the children.

“Every child has something to offer and it is our job to find that special something and develop them to meet their full potential.”

In November’s Ofsted inspection the school received positive feedback with inspectors judging the school to be good and outstanding in some areas.

The levels of progress, behaviour and safety along with leadership and management were recognised as outstanding.

Deputy head Mark Ruffett said learners vary from children with moderate learning needs through to others who have severe or profound multiple disabilities.

He added: “We want to give them real life experiences that will open doors for their futures.

“Each class works off site at least once every two weeks, transferring skills and learning from the classroom into the community.”

The school also launched two new classrooms to give their learners excellent facilities.

The build, which cost around £280,000, can accommodate 12 people and includes hoists so learners can access all areas.

It has been incorporated to cope with the increased number of learners at the school.

Staff and students also celebrated the work of Di Farnham, who opened The Cedars building this month, as a thank you to her 26 years work.

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6:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

misss samantha says...

I use to go to selworthy special school when I was young
because I am special needs I have rts syndrome and I have left selworthy school now because I am now 26 years old
from Samantha Jane smith from England
I use to go to selworthy special school when I was young because I am special needs I have rts syndrome and I have left selworthy school now because I am now 26 years old from Samantha Jane smith from England misss samantha

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