Access School

Access School provides innovative SEN education within a stable, tailored learning environment for young people aged 6 to 16 with Attachment and Trauma/SEMH/ASD/PDA/MLD.

”Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school. They value the fact that the staff understand their children and never give up on them.”

Ofsted 2024

Head Teacher - Sarah Earing

Sarah moved into her role as Head Teacher after she was SENCo at Access School. Sarah’s passion is for therapeutic education and ensuring the child is at the centre of everything.

Sarah is also our Head of Education for Family Care and very much enjoys looking at creative opportunities to provide support for our young people

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Our Mission Statements

“To be the best you can be”

“Healing pasts, building futures”

Name of Proprietor: Andrew O’Reilly

Head of Education: Sarah Earing

David Page, Head of Access School

Deputy Head Teacher - David Page

David (pictured) started with us as Math teacher and deputy head of Access School.

He is particularly interested in the development of SEN assessments and has a keen interest in ECO school and young enterprise.

Our Mission Statements

“To be the best you can be”

“Healing pasts, building futures”

Name of Proprietor: Andrew O’Reilly

Head of Education: Sarah Earing

Access School

Access School is an innovative SEN school in Shropshire where children are encouraged to be the best they can be.

”Primary and secondary age pupils are assessed on entry to identify any gaps in their phonics knowledge. Where required, staff give pupils extra help to plug these gaps. As a result, pupils
read with accuracy and decode unknown words accurately.”

Ofsted 2024

Converted from a working farm in the heartland of rural Shropshire, we have established a fantastic reputation as a vibrant, pro-active school dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for our pupils.

Previous Ofsted reports available here.

Number of formal complaints for the year 22/23 – 1

Rural Settings

The rural school setting, near Wem, is uniquely therapeutic and calming.  Pupils who have struggled in traditional mainstream settings are helped to stabilise and thrive in a therapeutic learning environment.

With a qualified therapist attached to the school and a talented team of teachers dedicated to improving children’s lives, Access School is well equipped to support young people with special educational needs.

The school offers bespoke education for children aged 6-16 with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH), learning difficulties (LD) and mild learning difficulties (MLD).  Young people with attachment difficulties, autism and ADHD have thrived in this learning environment, which includes a therapeutic village, sensory rooms and story massage among many other features.

Access School Policies

Term Times

Term times for Access School are highlighted below.  For school closures or other announcements, parents will receive email notifications and texts. 

We also post updates on our Facebook page.

Autumn Term 2023

Open: 06 September
Close: 20 October

Half Term: 23 October to 03 November

Open: 06 November
Close: 20 December

Christmas Hols: 21 December to 02 January

Spring Term 2024

Open: 04 January
Close: 09 February

Half Term: 12 February to 16 February

Open: 19 February
Close: 22 March

Easter Hols: 25 March to 05 April

Summer Term 2024

Open: 08 April
Close: 24 May

June Half Term: 27 May to 31 June

Open: 04 June
Close: 25 July

Summer Hols: 26 July to TBC

Other Closed Dates

Bank Holidays: All bank holidays including 27 May 24 and 01 June 2024.

PD Days (x5): 04 September 2023, 05 September 23, 18 January 2024, 19 January 2024 and 13th May 2024.

PD days can take the form of days or twilight sessions. 26 July 2024  is subject to change with advanced notice.

Ofsted 2024

”Nurture is the trademark of this school. There are lots of opportunities for pupils to take on responsibilities, including looking after the chickens and caring for the bees.”

Front of the main building at Access School

Access School

Holbrook Villa Farm,
Harmer Hill,

Head of Education - Sarah Earing

The Access School team are committed to helping children and young people achieve their full potential as we teach and guide. 

Access School is a vibrant, enjoyable place for children to develop themselves.  Our aim is to do the best for each and every one of our young people.  For them to be the best they can be.

Access is an ordered, purposeful and stimulating school that recognises pupil’s progress, differences and values.  We work in partnership with outside agencies to encourage pupils to become responsible and self-disciplined citizens.

Young people’s progress and development is paramount and central to all that we do.


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Phone: 0800 5 677677

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We endeavor to reply to all candidates, but if you have not heard back from us within 5-working days, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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