Yewstock School

Our vision

Yewstock is a special place for everyone to learn, achieve and be valued. As pupils are at the centre of everything we do, our focus is to support them along their individual pathway of learning and development towards meaningful, independent life of choice and independence. 

Ofsted rating

Outstanding (January 2017).

Read our latest Ofsted report.

Needs supported

We support a range of complex needs including:

  • moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties
  • complex needs
  • autism

Admission criteria

We admit pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Admission is through the local authority panel process.

"We feel our son has finally started to look forward to going to school."

"Yewstock feels like a home to me."

"My lessons are so good at Yewstock; my teacher explains it all and we do a lot of fun things."


We deliver the Yewstock Curriculum which has been specially adapted to meet a range of learning needs.

It is person-centred with communication, choice and independence at its heart.


Our pupils leave with a range of qualifications to enable them to move on to the next stage of life:

  • entry levels in English, maths, science, ICT, preparing for work and the arts
  • equals Moving On, Life and Living Skills and Work Related Learning

Accreditation is from ASDAN and DoE.

M transferred to Yewstock when we moved into the area in her year 8. We were immediately struck by the warm reception and the communication between school and home can't be faulted. During her annual reviews we have felt that she is at the centre of everything the school does and we have been included in all the planning for her. She has accessed interventions and counselling. As a result, we have seen her communicating with others and starting to do certain things independently.

Wellbeing and therapies

Depending on the needs of your child these therapies may be available:

  • school counselling/Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
  • drawing and talking therapy
  • speech and language therapy including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Social Use of Language Programme (SULP)/Elkan
  • rebound therapy
  • Lego therapy
  • physiotherapy programmes
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) programmes
  • sensory diets
  • individualised programmes

Facilities and environment

In our school we have:

  • separate nursery, school and college buildings
  • a learning resource centre
  • specialist classrooms including Design and Technology, ICT, catering, art and music
  • sensory rooms
  • a school flat
  • a studio
  • a green gym

Next steps and transitions

Special school places are not always permanent. Every year a child or young person's special school placement will be reviewed as part of their education, health and care (EHC) plan review process and will discuss various options including:

  • into adulthood
  • life skills
  • developing independence
  • sixth form choices
  • Local Offer after 16 years and after 19 years

Yewstock School

Name: Clive Padgett, headteacher
Tel: 01258472796
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