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.

“The level of support that me and my son receive from the staff is second to none” Parent
David Page, Head of Access School

Head of School - 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.

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Our Mission Statements

“To be the best you can be”

“Healing pasts, building futures”

Name of Proprietor: Family Care Group

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.

“Pupils feel truly valued by the staff. For many who previously struggled at school, starting at Access is a fresh start. Here, they are welcomed, cared for and feel safe” Ofsted, 2019

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.

No formal complaints recorded in the year 2020/21.

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 on-site 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 2022

Open: 05 September
Close: 14 October

Half Term: 17 October to 28 October

Open: 31 October
Close: 16 December

Christmas Hols: 19 December to 30 December

Spring Term 2023

Open: 03 January
Close: 17 February

Half Term: 20 February to 24 February

Open: 27 February
Close: 31 March

Easter Hols: 03 April to 14 April

Summer Term 2023

Open: 17 April
Close: 25 May

Half Term: 26 May to 02 June

Open: 05 June
Close: 26 July

Summer Hols: 27 July to TBC

Other Closed Dates

Bank Holidays: All bank holidays including May Day (01 May 2023).

PD Days (x5): 01 September, 02 September and 26 May.

The remaining two PD days will be taken as twilight sessions across the academic year.

Ofsted 2019

“Staff help pupils to understand why education is important. The curriculum is broad and provides pupils with a wide range of experiences. Pupils gain an appropriate depth of knowledge in most subjects.

Greeted with a warm smile each morning, pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of purposeful activities to help them learn. Most pupils, who in the past would have refused to join in, show interest in their work and participate willingly. This is because teachers know pupils very well and usually plan suitable work.”

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.