Set in a stunning, sustainable and eco-friendly 45-acre site close to the New Forest and Dorset coastline, the natural surroundings of our school and college provide a rich, enabling and therapeutic learning environment for students, aged 6-25, who have a special educational need.
We specialise in autism and communication difficulties, severe and complex learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge.
Our mission is to create an educational, therapeutic community and environment, which upholds each person's human integrity and spiritual wholeness and where every child and young person, both because of and despite their individual challenges, has something to give and something to learn through all of their relationships with others.
Corine van Barneveld
At The Sheiling Ringwood we are proud of our rich festival calendar and November brings us Martinmas, one of our most magical celebrations. Martinmas is a festival about sharing. It illustrates the story of St Martin, who was known for his gentle nature and ability to bring warmth and light to those in need. As we move into the darkest weeks of the year, it is important for us to remember our own warmth and light in our hearts. To capture this, students each carry a lantern to symbolise their own warmth and light on a truly beautiful walk around our woodland campus. Students and staff follow pathways jewelled with lanterns and come to rest outside of Westmount House where they share food and drink around a small bonfire as a symbol of St Martin sharing his cloak with the beggar. Martinmas reminds us as nature begins to sleep, we must remain wakeful and aware of our own light to share with the world. This year we remained in bubbles but this couldn't change how much we enjoy this evening. To find out more about our annual festivals please visit https://www.thesheilingringwood.co.uk/page/?title=Festival+Guide&pid=68 #community #school #college #SEND #Autism #Dorset #Hampshire