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Chelfham Senior School, Bere Alston, Devon

Bere Alston, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7EX
Tel: +44 1822 840379  Fax: +44 1822 841489
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Principal: John Steward
Admissions: John Steward
HR Manager: Marion Mendham

School attributes
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Age range:7 - 19
Day pupils: 9 boys
Weekly boarding pupils: 3 boys
Full boarding pupils: 62 boys
Fee notes: Please apply to this special school for details of fees
Staff numbers: 170 full time and 16 part time
Method of entry: Assessment, Educational psychologist's report, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Report from previous school, Statement of needs, This is a Special School, Visit school
Accreditations and affiliations: ASDAN, BILD, Department of Education, Bern, DFE, UK, Division TEACCH, EAQUALS, engage in their future, IIP/IiP, LSC, NASEN, NASS Special Schools, SEBDA, Sport England, Sportsmark
Religious affiliation: All denominations welcome
Teaching languages: English

A word from the head

Chelfham Senior School offers specialist education and residential care for socially and emotionally vulnerable boys aged 11 to 19 who have complex learning difficulties including autism.

A positive ethos aims to give young people with challenging behaviour a better chance in life by helping them to reappraise themselves and develop feelings of self-worth. The whole atmosphere at Chelfham Senior School is one of positivity, where students' efforts are privately and publicly acknowledged in a constructive manner. The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum, including the National Curriculum where appropriate.

There are two sites: Bere Alston for boys aged 11 to 16 and Kilwirthy House for boys aged 16 to 19. Located just 15 minutes drive from Dartmoor National Park, students can take full advantage of the location with activities such as horse riding and hiking.

The accommodation is divided into family living units with TV lounge, dining and drinks facilities. Separate teaching blocks provide general classrooms plus specialist for science, life skills and cookery. Facilities also include IT, DT and construction skills, land and animal skills, ASDAN, leisure and tourism, PE and outdoor education, media studies, land based activities and other practical experiences.

The professional team at Chelfham Senior School is highly trained to provide the best level of support and care to each individual according to their needs.

John Steward

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School facilities

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Academic Languages Sport Activities Music Miscellaneous
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • English
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Sailing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Singing
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Particular diets

Curriculum and exams

Exam boards: All GCE exam boards, AQA, ASDAN, Edexcel Foundation, ELC, GCSE, OCR, WJEC
  • % pass rate at grades A* to C (exams at age 16): 77.7%
  • Are vocational courses (such as AVCE/GNVQ) offered?
  • Yes

Special needs

This school is a special school that provides for this particular need:

  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties*
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties*
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Dual/Multi-Sensory Impairment (DSI/MSI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

* indicates the primary needs the school provides for.

This school operates 52 weeks in the year.

This school offers therapeutic input for EBD pupils.

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School reference: R10261

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