SLD / PMLD / Complex Needs

Age range: All age 3 -19

We are delighted to welcome you to Bidwell Brook School, our “Good” special school based in Dartington. We are very proud of our pupils and staff and constantly strive towards providing a stimulating and challenging environment so “everyone can be the best that they can be; everyone has a voice; no-one is excluded.

Bidwell Brook School is sited in a beautiful rural location and offers an attractive and stimulating learning environment, combining specialized teaching facilities with local resources. The area we serve includes Totnes, Dartington, the South Hams, South Dartmoor and Teignbridge, and as such the school is a valued member of several communities. As well as having a very committed and professional staff, Bidwell Brook has long established links with mainstream primary and secondary schools, enabling us to focus upon the individual needs of all our pupils and to promote inclusion opportunities.

Teaching and Learning

At Bidwell Brook we want our teaching to be appropriate and meaningful for our pupils so that they can make a positive contribution to their own local community and the wider society. We work in partnership with parents and other professionals, to ensure that we both challenge and support our pupils, to enable them to become successful learners. These successes are based upon our shared high expectations, relationships, understanding, engagement and enjoyment. By enabling the development of effective and meaningful communication, we aim to promote the independence, self-confidence and self-esteem of all our pupils. All students follow the National Curriculum, which is differentiated to the appropriate levels. Our Secondary pupils take part in a number of accredited courses.


(Ofsted January 2014 Inspection)

"Pupils enjoy their learning, readily engaging at their own level. There is a wide range of
academic and physical ability in every class and for those with the most extreme difficulties the good use of technology is an effective way of supporting learning.
Pupils benefit from a wide range of learning, focusing on English, mathematics and
communication. There is also good use of specialist facilities in subjects such as art, music and food technology. This promotes practical and artistic skills very well."

(Ofsted October 2017 Inspection)

“Bidwell Brook School continues to be “Good”. Pupils are encouraged to describe their aspirations for the future, and staff work hard to match learning experiences to these aspirations. Pupils have access to a wide range of curriculum activities both in and outside school, including access to a rural curriculum. Pupils proudly talk of how much they enjoy their learning, and older pupils describe the success they achieve while on work experience.”