Hello and welcome to Severndale Academy, we are a special school which is part of the Learning Community Trust, a multi academy trust working across Shropshire and Telford.

My name is Brian Thomas and I am the new Principal of Severndale, joining the school from the 1st September 2021 and am proud to be leading a fantastic team of staff that support our young people and their families with additional needs across the whole of Shropshire. Our vision is to ensure that the needs of all of our young people are ‘truly met’ and that we ensure pupils leave Severndale being as independent as they can be and are also ready to access ‘life beyond the school’. We focus on developing quality interactions, relationships and supporting positive communication, as well as providing high quality learning experiences in a dynamic, creative, enjoyable and safe environment.

Our provision is split across three sites including our main Monkmoor site, a specialist provision working within the Mary Webb mainstream secondary school and also our post 16 – 25 provision based at Shrewsbury College called Futures. Please take some time to look through the various parts of the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions about our school.

About our School

Severndale Specialist Academy was established in September 1995 following the reorganisation of provision for children with special educational needs in Shropshire.  In September 2008, a large scale development was completed at the site on the Monkmoor Campus.  In September 2011 a second provision based at Mary Webb School and Science College opened to cater for secondary aged pupils with moderate learning difficulties. In November 2014 our Futures provision in conjunction with Shrewsbury College providing work related learning for the students.

Our children and young people are aged 2.5 to 19 and have a range of learning difficulties.  These include moderate, severe, complex and profound learning difficulties, those with autism, complex medical conditions and physical and mobility difficulties.  A number of our young people present behavioural difficulties arising from their condition; many have communication difficulties.

As in all schools, both the nursery and the reception classes follow the EYFS framework which works towards the Early Learning Goals. We also use a High/Scope model of active learning through motivating, exciting activities. We encourage children to make choices, solve problems, develop independence and have fun!. All children benefit from regular input from the speech and language therapist, and children receive physiotherapy and hydrotherapy when appropriate. All groups within the department use the facilities available in school – pool, interactive room, sensory garden and soft play room. Outdoor activities are an important part of our curriculum.