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By Hayley Ramm, Sep 27 2016 11:14AM

On Saturday 13th August William & Mary Hair Salon in Ashley Heath held their 5th birthday celebration and Charity Day with an Alice in Wonderland themed event. The day included tea and cakes served on the green, a fabulous raffle, with prizes donated by the salon’s clients and local businesses, and the salon staff, wearing fancy dress, were extremely busy carrying out non-stop blow dries for customers with all proceeds being donated to The Sheiling Ringwood.

The salon raised an amazing £1075 for The Sheiling Ringwood, an Independent Special School, College and a Children’s Care Home for students with severe, complex and moderate learning disabilities, including autism and communication difficulties. The money will be put towards new chairs for the Assembly Hall which are much needed.

Emma Beddow, Salon Manager, said: ‘’We are delighted to not only have been able to celebrate the salon’s 5th birthday, but also to raise money for The Sheiling Ringwood, a charity close to our hearts and which is also close to our salon. We had a great day and we are very grateful to the support we received from so many of our clients.’’

Corine van Barneveld, Principal, commented: ‘’We very much appreciate the hard work and fund-raising efforts from all at William & Mary and we are extremely grateful for the money they raised and to the people who supported the event and so generously donated.’’

By Hayley Ramm, Sep 20 2016 09:25AM

The Sheiling Ringwood is offering a free workshop on Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs) & E-Safety for the parents of children or young people with complex educational needs.

The first part of the day will provide parents with guidance and help to unravel the process of transferring from Statements to EHCPs. This change has come about as a result of The Children and Families Act 2014, with one of the key changes being the introduction of EHCPs which have replaced Statements of special educational needs.

Eleanor Wright from SOS!SEN will give a presentation about EHCPs and will share ideas on how to achieve the best outcomes and will identify useful resources. For the last hour, there will be an E-safety workshop to help parents ensure that their children are kept safe when online.

Representatives from The Rose Road Association will be on hand to offer 1:1 support sessions.

The workshop will run from 10.00am – 2.30pm and includes a free buffet lunch. It will be held at The Sheiling Ringwood, Horton Road, Ashley, Ringwood, BH24 2EB.

Please email Sharon at if you have questions and to register for the event.

By Hayley Ramm, Sep 12 2016 08:44AM

The Sheiling Ringwood is delighted to welcome Mike Gamble as the new Head of College and to welcome back Andy Walters as the new Head of School (Andy was Deputy Head during 2013/2014). Both incoming heads bring extensive experience in the fields of education and Special Educational Needs.

After graduating from Birmingham University in genetics and biochemistry, Mike spent time travelling the world and then moved onto working with youth groups through the Peterborough Arts Centre. He then spent 25 years working with Sense, the national voluntary organization working with, and supporting people of all ages, who have sensory impairments and additional disabilities including learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders. Here Mike worked as a support worker, teacher, Residential Manager, Education Service Manager and Area Manager and in 2011 he was appointed Vice Principal of Sense College.

Mike says: ‘’I loved my time working at Sense, but felt it was time for a new adventure, and I definitely have one here! The Sheiling is a unique and amazing environment and I’m really looking forward to learning more about its history and community. I want to be able to use my own individual experiences and skills to contribute to the student and staff development in the College, and within the wider Sheiling organisation.’’

Andy trained at Portsmouth University and has been a teacher for 15 years, originally teaching Science and Maths in secondary schools. He went on to work with children with autism, in the same company across two schools for 10 years, in both care and teaching roles. Andy took on the role of Assistant Head in 2010 and, since then, has remained in school leadership within several schools. Andy has particularly enjoyed working with education teams to develop practice in learning and teaching, and supporting schools to define, develop and improve their curriculum and assessment methods. He also has a passion for Computing and Design &Technology and has been involved in developing these subjects for SEN students.

Andy says: ‘’Every student I have worked with has taught me something and enabling these students to learn, grow, develop their self-esteem, social behaviour, communication and life skills has been the driving force for my work. There really is no school quite like the Sheiling and I am absolutely committed to making the school the very best it can be. I look forward to supporting the school to continue to improve and move forward, as part of the amazing team here, expanding and building upon the huge successes of the past several years.’’

By Hayley Ramm, Jul 21 2016 09:07AM

Alice in Wonderland Charity Day

At William & Mary Hair and Beauty

on Saturday 13th August

from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

All proceeds will be donated to The Sheiling Ringwood

Blow dries £10 donation

Tea and cakes on the Green

Raffle with fantastic prizes

William & Mary

4 Hight Street, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, Hants. BH24 2HP

01425 480558

By Hayley Ramm, Jul 20 2016 01:20PM

The Sheiling Ringwood is looking to fill a variety of roles in both their school and college. They are also offering a unique volunteering opportunity for both national and international candidates.

Applications are invited for volunteers to join our organisation on a 12-month volunteer programme starting in August 2016. The Sheiling provides residential care and education in a beautiful woodland setting for children and young people (aged from 5 to 24) who have severe and often complex special education needs (SEN)

You will work alongside colleagues in our care and education teams by providing support to our students as they develop their educational and social skills. We provide a ‘waking day’ curriculum where all members of staff contribute to helping our students develop their social, educational and emotional abilities as they progress into maturity. You’ll work with our students, supporting them in achieving individual targets and to pursue leisure interests. In return you will have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference, achieve great job satisfaction and valuable experience for your own future career aspirations.

You’ll join one of 6 small teams of care workers and work within a weekly shift system. Full and comprehensive training will be provided throughout your placement.

While this position is unpaid, you will be provided with food, accommodation and payment of agreed expenses.

We particularly welcome overseas applicants who are eligible to work with us due to EU nationality or under the UK Tier 5 (Charity Worker) Visa permissions.

To read more or to make application visit

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