The school caters for students with moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties,
predominantly from the Mendip area of Somerset.
Students sometimes enter the school at times other than in Year 7. All students have a statement of special educational needs. A high proportion of pupils also have
a diagnosis of autism and a few have complex healthcare needs.
Almost all students are White British. The proportion of students from minority ethnic
backgrounds is very low, and there are no students new to speaking English. There are many more boys than girls.
The proportion of students for whom the school receives the additional government funding,
known as the pupil premium, is above average. This funding is for pupils who are known to be
eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority.
Additional funding is also received to help those in Year 7 catch-up. A new sixth form centre was recently built on the school site so that students can now spend
three years in the sixth form, staying until Year 14. Sixth form pupils also attend Bridgwater and
Strode Colleges to undertake work-related courses and training.
The school usually enters students for early examinations in Information Technology, although
there were no entries this year.
The school provides outreach support to several local schools.
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