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Culverhill is a special school that provides a high quality and holistic education for 135 pupils with complex learning difficulties aged 7-16 in South Glos. We also have pupils placed here by Bristol, Glos and Wilts local authorities.

Class sizes are a maximum of 11 pupils per class with a Teacher and two Teaching Assistants.


Our pupils all have Statements of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plans which reflect moderate to severe learning difficulties plus a range of additional needs including Speech, Language and Communication, Autism, Physical Difficulties and Social Emotional and Mental Health. Many of our pupils have a combination of these thus experiencing multiple barriers to their learning.

All our young people have communication and interaction difficulties and need additional support either in terms of their speech and language development or in knowing what the appropriate thing to say is in different social situations. They need help with recognising and expressing feelings appropriately and in building relationships with others. Our curriculum therefore has a strong focus on social and emotional development and well-being.

Staff and governors here work closely with parents and other professionals to make the most of a child’s strengths, ensure that they feel happy and safe and enable them to maximise their potential.  We try to build self-esteem, resilience, confidence and independence in an atmosphere where everyone is valued and success is always celebrated.

Admissions to Culverhill are via South Glos Case advisory panel who meet weekly to look at a child’s EHCP review documentation and recommend where their needs might be best met. Parents/carers should liaise with their child’s current school regarding  the timing of review meetings. Culverhill is currently  over subscribed so ideally requests for placements need to be made by December for a place in the following September.