Selworthy School Outreach

Selworthy School

Selworthy School (Specialist centre for Cognition & Learning)

Headteacher: Mark Ruffett

Address: Selworthy Road, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6DZ

T: 01823 284970


Brief description of school: Selworthy School is a maintained community special school for 3-19 year old pupils and students with learning disabilities and co-existing conditions. Excellent teachers and support staff use the latest research and information to remain at the cutting edge of educational thinking, skilfully adapting to the curriculum to enable learners to develop and grow.

Learning Support Centre:

The LSC is based at the school and offers a base where parents and professionals can browse and borrow resources and books and chat to knowledgeable staff.

The LSC has over 50 members (both organisations and individuals) and supports many Selworthy parents who receive membership through the school.


Selworthy has a thorough and embedded internal moderation process that has been opened up to all mainstream schools within the local area. Every subject is moderated throughout the course of the year.


Our Educational Psychologist provides bespoke support to parents and schools. She also provides a number of training opportunities:

  • Understanding, accessing and intervening when children with learning difficulties challenge their behaviour
  • Managing behavioural crises and using de-escalation skills in difficult situations
  • The impact of managing challenging behaviour on staff and carers with reflection on a range of coping strategies


We deliver clinics to support Sleep, Feeding and Dental Hygiene


Our Communication Specialist leads a wide range of support for organisations and individuals in the whole range of communication needs.

We offer a range of training opportunities alongside bespoke advice including:

  • Somerset Total Communication
  • Speech and Language and communication needs mapped to 'The Speech, Language and Communication Framework'
  • Common Strategies and INterventions (PECS, Intensive Interaction and use of symbols)
  • Augmentive and alternative communication

FAST team:

Our Families And School Together team is made up of Selworthy parents who are employed to support paremts on a peer to peer basis.

Tribe Club:

Tribe club is a group run by school staff for two evenings each month that is available to children aged 11+ with learning difficulties.

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