“All pupils show very positive attitudes to their learning, and produce work they are proud of.”  (Ofsted Report 24-25 February 2016)

Hello and a warm welcome to Mountjoy schools website. We hope that you find this both informative and interesting.

My name is Jackie Shanks and I am proud to be the Head Teacher of Mountjoy School. The school caters for up to 48 pupils from 2.5 to 19 with a range of complex needs including ASD, SLD and MLD.

The school is situated in Beaminster and fortunate to be co-located with Beaminster school, which offers many opportunities for joint working and inclusion, alongside this is 1610, a community sports facility, offering our pupils even greater opportunities. .

Our building is purpose built and single level, with facilities including a Hydro pool, a sensory room, a soft play area and access to campus facilities.

OUR AIMS are to:

  • Create a happy, safe and secure learning environment rich in stimulation and challenge for all pupils.
  • Provide our pupils with a variety of quality educational experiences in all aspects of life.
  • Enable pupils to develop effective communication skills, in order to express thoughts, feelings and choices.
  • Provide a safe and happy environment in which pupils can work towards achieving their best.
  • Develop the moral, cultural and spiritual awareness of all pupils.
  • Ensure that all pupils enjoy their learning and have fun
  • Ensure all members of the school community grow in confidence, and develop to their full potential.
  • Offer a school curriculum that is well researched, broad, balanced is based on the National Curriculum and is appropriately adapted to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Provide personalised learning opportunities ensuring all pupils are supported to make as much progress as possible.
  • Provide pupils with an education appropriate to the world beyond the classroom, ensuring that pupils develop life skills, learn, when appropriate in real life settings and have opportunities to be a valued member of a variety of communities.
  • Welcome and develop partnerships with parents, carers and a range of professional and lay people with whom we can share advice and develop best practice.
  • Develop pupils’ emotional literacy skills enabling them to have the opportunity to make positive relationships, reflect and appreciate themselves and others.

With best regards

jackie Shanks


Jackie Shanks




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