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The Spires

Location: Wiltshire

Gender: Mixed

Age Range: 6 to 18

Capacity: 35

The Spires is a small, unique education provision, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2019. Based in Wiltshire and offering a range of rich learning opportunities for pupils aged 6-18 years, The Spires is a happy, safe and welcoming environment, which allows our pupils to achieve their own academic targets whilst feeling safe, secure and boosting their self-esteem.

We are proud of our school, the pupils and the values that underpin all of our work here.

What we stand for

S – Strive
P – Pride
I – Independence
R – Resilience
E – Excellence
S – Support

The school day

Choices in curriculum

Every day is unique and individual to each child, taking account of their learning needs and interests. Our approach to learning is thematic, with a core theme each term, connecting the seven curriculum areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Technology, The World Around Us, Creativity, Skills for Life alongside Physical Education and Wellbeing. Within the school day there is a focus on core learning of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Technology. Which is supplemented with lessons that focus on Wellbeing and Vocational Studies. Within these curriculum areas students can focus on their own personal development.

The physical and active curriculum is enhanced by weekly sessions with Wiltshire Outdoor Learning. Here there is a strong emphasis on team building, developing leadership skills and facing personal challenge through activities that run from biking, canoeing abseiling, wild cooking, hiking, and paddleboarding. We offer swimming sessions once a week and have links with the local leisure centre where any pupils aged 14+ can be offered the opportunity to develop their own personal health through the use of the supervised gym.

Chances for qualification

The Spires is a registered exam base, so all pupils can work towards accredited courses, e.g. Entry Level, AQA Unit Awards, ASDAN Awards, CoPE and GCSE’s. This is complemented by vocational studies and life skills.

Our pupils

We believe that all of our children and young people will benefit from the consistency and dedication of an integrated team.

  • Pupils that have had long/sustained periods of time out of education will be presented with the opportunity to follow a personalised educational timetable, studying the 7 areas of learning.
  • We also run an alternative provision that allows a greater expanse of educational opportunities to pupils that have had long periods of time out of education, or struggled with education. 1ACE presents the opportunity to follow a personalised educational timetable, studying the 7 areas of learning.
  • Pupils will be able to address previous trauma and plan for a positive future (mentally, emotionally and academically), by working closely with their assigned Five Rivers clinical psychologist.
  • Allow pupils to build and maintain positive and meaningful relationships with both staff and peers.
  • Re-establish trust in adults and their intentions.
  • Increase self-esteem and belief in their abilities.
  • Develop further communication skills and the ability to verbalise needs.
  • To help close their gap to achieving age-related expectations.

Our expectations for pupils

The Spires has high expectations for all its pupils. The pupils wear the uniform and have clearly defined individual behaviour plans that all the team are aware of. We have a system of rewards called ‘Cool Points’ that focus on presentation, behaviour for learning, effort, excellence and social skills. Practice is reflective and restorative and implemented in a consistent and fair manner.

ATSSA BronzeThe Attachment and Trauma-Sensitive Award validates schools that demonstrate a culture of compassion and nurture, fundamental components for getting children into a state of ‘learning readiness’. The award is issued only to providers who can demonstrate they have met its rigorous quality standards.


While a selection of our school policies are available to download, please contact [email protected] if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

The Spires

Headteacher: Louise Bethel
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01722 820970

Proprietor: Five Rivers Child Care Limited
Chair: David Howard
Telephone: 01722 435799

Head office: Five Rivers Child Care Limited, 47 Bedwin Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3UT
Phone: 0800 389 8708
Email: [email protected]

There were no complaints registered under the formal procedure during the preceding school year.


While a selection of our school policies are available to download, please contact [email protected] if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

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Making a referral

If you would like to discuss a placement with our Education service, please contact our referrals team for more information: 0800 3898708 (Option 3)

If you would like to find out more or discuss any aspect of our service for a child or young person, please contact James Hall at: [email protected] / 07935 066 031
Five Rivers Child Care Ltd
47 Bedwin Street

T: 01722 435750
F: 01722 435797

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