Newbury Manor School
The school's first home, at Farleigh Hungerford
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Newbury Manor School, formerly Farleigh College, is a mainly residential special school for pupils with Asperger syndrome, situated at Newbury, near Mells, seven miles from Frome, in the English county of Somerset. It previously occupied Farleigh House at Farleigh Hungerford, a few miles to the north, from which it took its former name.
The school is co-educational, fully approved by the Department for Education, and accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. A team of some ninety members of staff caters for approximately 48 students, of whom about one fifth are girls, and the school also accepts part-time students. Newbury Manor School is run by the Priory Group. It also holds the Investors in People Award.
The school has its origins in Ravenscroft School, founded at Yelverton, Devon, in the 1930s and later moved to Beckington Castle and then to Farleigh House at Farleigh Hungerford, near Bath. This began as a prep school, but in the 1970s it found a new role as a special school specializing in teaching dyslexic children, and in 1996 it was re-organised as Farleigh College, a new institution which took over its staff, pupils, and premises. Farleigh College was launched in September 1996 with forty children, of whom thirty were dyslexic and ten had been diagnosed with Asperger's, and at the outset it had a five-year lease on Farleigh House.
The name of Farleigh College was kept after September 2000, when the school moved to Newbury House, near Mells, an 18th-century Grade II* listed country house. In 2013 the name of the secondary school was changed to Newbury Manor School, while the Farleigh College identity was kept for the later years.
Farleigh Further Education College
Originally launched in September 2000 on the Farleigh House site to meet the needs of young people with Asperger's, a year later Farleigh Further Education College moved to Frome. It is still operated by the Priory Group as a Further Education College for students aged 16 to 19 (upon entry) with Aspergers Syndrome and associated disorders. This is registered with the Learning and Skills Council and is a full member of the National Association of Specialist Colleges of Further Education (NATSPEC). Farleigh Further Education College gives learners the opportunity to reach their potential and develop academic and life skills for independence and integration into the community. Learners have ambitions to live independent lives in the community and they aim to facilitate this. Learners may have attended special schools or have experienced difficulty at mainstream schools or colleges. The main residence is North Parade. There are other residences which the students can choose to live at and they are Tallowood, Maple, Ashleigh Grove, Sandusky Mews, Bridgwater and Delta Close. Students go to a mainstream college during the day, choosing their course during their enrolment before the start of year one. Most students go to Wiltshire College in Trowbridge, where there is a base room solely used by Farleigh Further Education College. Other popular college choices are Strode College and City of Bath College.
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- Bradshaw, Stephen (2012) Asperger's Syndrome-that Explains Everything. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN 978-1-84905-351-8. p. 16
- "Newbury House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
- "Newbury House, Charity Lane (South side), Newbury". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
- Accommodation-and-facilities at priorygroup.com