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Want to know more about the benefits of Montessori and/or Home Education?


Bleadon has a Fully Qualified Montessori Diploma Teacher (for children aged 7 & under) who would be glad to discuss the benefits for children of an alternative education approach to the mainstream state or private schooling systems, particularly here in the North Somerset,South West Region of England. They have had significant personal and practical experience based on actively home educating and working closely with Jacqui Stanger-Davies the ex-directress and co-founder/owner of the Stanger Montessori First School in Weston-Super-mare, North Somerset that was successful for over 20 years.


Link to  article on 14 Reasons why Home Education is on the rise in the UK


Not Convinced Yet? See this Video (12minutes)


The animate video above was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.


Or watch & listen to this Video on You Tube


Please use our  Contact Page if you would like to discuss your interest further or try these websites.......


Home Education Information
Bristol Home Education and North Somerset HEEducation Otherwise
Home Education Advisory ServiceHome Education South West
Home Education - Special Educational NeedsNorth Somerset Home Education (PDF)
Poisonous Plants in the United KingdomHome Education UK

More Home-Ed Links


For the traditional school attendees Click here and for......North Somerset School Term Dates or Bristol


Montessori Organisations/Training/Businesses links
Montessori Education UK (M.E.U.K)Montessori Centre InternationalMontessori Society AMI (UK)
Maria Montessori InstituteInternational Montessori IndexStanger Montessori School


Montessori Equipment/Learning Material Suppliers & Other reading 
Absorbent MindsArtful DodgersAsco Educational Supplies Ltd
Montessori method from WikipediaMontessori MomMontessori Magazine
My Montessori Journey (an American weblog)  


Montessori Video's
Maria Montessori, Her Life and Legacy (approximately 4 minutes)

Montessori Education for the Early Childhood Years (approximately 10 minutes)

Please use the navigation button to see additional videos


This is all good stuff but what happened to Bleadon's School?

Unfortunately, Bleadon School was closed some time ago and perhaps a story for another day (or click here for bleadonchildren website) but Paul Arnold, a local parent and investigator, was very concerned about the choices available for children living in Bleadon and particularly, wanted to know what assurances had been granted to Bleadon parents by the Local Educational Authority when the decision was taken to close the local school?


Bleadon parents that wanted their children to attend Uphill Primary school were often turned down. He discovered documents that proved Bleadon children should be given first choice of places available at Uphill and those papers can be seen here (below). Of course many parents choose other local schools and are very happy with those choices but it's nice to know that Uphill should consider Bleadon Children first because our school was closed all those years ago. So if you want to thank Paul or maybe need something found or investigated click here


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As regards State Schools, you may already know that Bleadon is in North Somerset Local Education Authority but on the edge of Sedgemoor (Somerset County) boundary. As such children attend both LEA are schools, certainly the closest Secondary school is Broadoak (about 10-15 minutes drive) but some will travel further afield to other Weston-Super-Mare schools and also Churchill, Cheddar, Highbridge etc. and Independent schools in Bristol.


Here are some links, but I'm sure Google can also find more information for you.


Ofsted Inspection Reports , North Somerset LEA Schools , Somerset County - Choosing Schools & Directory List


Other links to useful Home-Education individuals and organizations

most from the Teach Yourself book - Home Education by Deborah Durbin

artfulparent.com (Art/Craft)scibermonkey.org (Science)kidsnumbers.com (Maths)


Helpful Books


Deceptive Encounters by Karen J. Jones

Free-Range Education - How Home Education Works by Terri Dowty

How Children Fail by John Holt

How Children Learn at Home by Alan Thomas and Harriet Pattison

The UnSchooling Handbook by Mary Griffith