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The Spires

The Spires in Salisbury works with children who have social, emotional and emerging mental health needs. We are proud of our school, the pupils and the values that underpin all our work here:

S – Strive
P – Pride
I – Independence
R – Resilience
E – Excellence
S – Support
The school is based in listed buildings and in a quiet area of Salisbury, providing a safe and nurturing environment for anxious, vulnerable pupils unable to sustain a mainstream placement. We are registered to provide effective education for children aged between 7-18 years.

Our educational offer is a balance of academic studies, physical and outdoor education, vocational studies and personal development programmes.

Children are taught in small groups or on a one to one basis. Bite-size learning based on personal interests and community issues engages pupils – helping extend their concentration. Following an individualised programme, pupils work towards a range of accredited outcomes.


Our school

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

We create an environment which allows our pupils to achieve their own academic targets whilst feeling safe, secure, boosting their self esteem.

Our priorities are:

  • Increase social and emotional awareness
  • 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.
  • Pupils will be able address previous trauma and plan for a positive future (mentally and emotionally), 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

‘Relationships between staff and pupils are inspiring. This enables pupils to thrive in an environment where they feel safe, nurtured and well looked after.’ – Ofsted, 2019.

Curriculum and Learning Environment

The Spires provides a quiet but stimulating learning environment. Pupils participate outdoor education with Wiltshire Outdoor Learning, cooking, role play and targeted intervention programmes alongside topic-based learning activities based on the National Curriculum programme of study or Functional Skills.

Pupils work towards accredited courses dependent on age e.g. Entry Level, AQA Unit Awards, ASDAN Awards, Arts Award, Btecs and GCSE. This is complimented by outdoor based development activities, vocational studies and life skills. The school has a specialist drum and music room and a recently added Vocational Learning Centre where design technology comes to life and lunches can be prepared and cooked for friends and family. Mornings follow core subjects and key learning skills, whereas in the afternoons the pupils design their own personal curriculum based on options each half term.


All children have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Behaviour Support Plan (IBSP) which are reviewed regularly to track academic, social and emotional progress. Each term we invite carers and parents to a review evening to discuss each pupil and target the next steps in learning, however, it is vital we work closely with parents and carers on a daily basis to ensure communication is concise and we are all clear and in agreement on the best interests of the child.

Behaviour is tracked daily through our Cool Points system.  Though an emphasis on presentation and uniform, behaviour for learning, effort and bonus points for individual excellence the pupils can earn tokens that count towards a chosen reward or activity, hence an incentive to do their best and make the best choice during their day.  These are also tracked electronically so patterns and incidents can be tracked thoroughly to avoid escalation.

The pupils wear school uniform.


The school benefits from a highly experienced and skilled staff team all trained in the Pro-active+ Approach to behaviour and emotional needs.  Their sense of humour, dedication to each child and resilience ensures all our pupils receive the most therapeutic professional care possible.

Tutors and key workers play a vital role as the first point of contact for parents and carers, whilst twice-daily tutor times offer a space for pupil discussions on behaviour, worries and anxieties. We work closely with outside agencies, therapists and other professionals.


The Spires has recently updated its assessment model and procedures to use a new tool for tracking, reporting on and monitoring core skills and targets. The School is also an integral part of the company initiative to promote its ATIC model – Attachment and Trauma and Integrated Care so all our services; residential, clinical, fostering and education are working in cohesion for the best interests of the child.


The Spires, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3YA

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.

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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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