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Red Boots School
“Ofsted Outstanding in all areas: 2013, 2016 and 2019”

Red Boots School is an independent primary school for children aged 5 – 11 years. The main focus of the school is to integrate therapy and education in one place and at one time. Conductors are responsible for the whole day programme and see every moment of the day as an opportunity for learning to develop essential movement skills.

Children with physical disabilities are entitled to therapy services as well as their educational provision however for many children this is not fully integrated. Conductive Education shows the child the importance of movement skills when learning mathematics; sitting skills when learning to read and write; or transferring skills when studying science. The daily programme also includes opportunities to learn and practise self-care skills such as dressing, eating and toileting as well as specialised sessions to help with the development of fine motor skills and speech.

Each day starts with activity; this sets the expectation from our pupils that they will always use movement at the heart of every lesson. Learning to move around and gain greater control over movement is just as important as learning academic skills. We pride ourselves on providing a fully active environment for our children where they can start the process of overcoming some of the challenges they face in everyday school whilst simultaneously receiving a high quality teaching which differentiates tasks and activities according to their special needs.

Children may attend Red Boots full time or part-time (up to 3 days per week) alongside their local mainstream or special school. 1-2 week blocks of attendance are also possible during the academic year. These blocks will provide your child with an intensive physical programme whilst ensuring their continued academic development.

Download a PDF prospectus here

Conductive Education at the National Institute offers a comprehensive education to children of primary school age with cerebral palsy or associated motor disorders. Pupils learn and gain motivation together and, led by conductors, are encouraged and taught to become more independent, to communicate effectively, to learn to take care of their own needs and take part in academic work at appropriate levels, preparing to follow or following programmes of study from pre Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum.

All children in the group have a form of motor disorder and in the majority of cases is accompanied by a learning difficulty related to the child’s motor disorder. Conductive Education therefore seeks to address the children’s complex needs by a programme of active learning.

At the heart of the work of the school is the expectation of pupils to gain greater mobility and independence as well as academic improvement. This is achieved by skilfully integrating the National Curriculum with the Conductive Curriculum. Within all the programmes task differentiation is paramount to children’s active learning.

  • Children’s Services at NICE work according to the following philosophy and ethos:
  • A commitment to providing services and seeking highest standards from staff, through close co-operation and positive relationships with children, their families and carers from other professional agencies.
  • Maintaining a sensitivity to the individual needs of children and their families through a philosophy which emphasises the strengths and abilities of those children and families.
  • A belief in the power of teaching and learning to create new possibilities for independent and creative thought and activity.
  • Equality of opportunity to all who require our services.
  • All staff at NICE have DBS checks in line with current legislation and guidelines.
  • We seek parents’ support in ensuring the safety of all pupils and work closely with parents to achieve this.
  • If any parent has a concern about a person in a position of trust, the matter should be referred immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Marie McCann, who will follow the Birmingham Safeguarding Board procedures for dealing with such issues.
  • It is our statutory duty in enabling children’s well-being to contact Social Services if we have any child protection concerns.
  • Our Child Protection policy is available in the Policies section.

The Red Boots Nursery and School Group are governed by a Governing Body and Trustees of the Foundation for Conductive Education (the Charity). The Trustees set and approve terms of reference, which can be found here.

The Governing Body consists of:-

Les Lawrence (Chair and Trustee)
Martin Straker-Welds (Trustee)
Tanya Grimitt (Parent Representative)
Lisa Bryan (Parent Representative)
Ranjit Bhathal (Parent Representative)

Staff representatives:

Fiona Bilsborough– Head of School
Erika Sisak– Leading Conductor for Pre School
Melanie Brown– Chief Executive
Marie McCann– Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Governing Body meet quarterly with senior staff to monitor pupils progress, quality of teaching, statutory policies and leadership of children’s services.

Chair of Governors contact details:

Les Lawrence
Email: les.lawrence@btopenworld.com
Mobile: 0777 8454500

School Principal contact details:
Fiona Bilsborough
Email: FBilsborough@conductive-education.org.uk
Mobile: 07852487100

School Proprietor contact details:
David Wood
Email: rdavidwood1@gmail.com
Mobile: 0771 1018373

Name: Les Lawrence
Date of appointment and by whom: 18 October 2018 by Trustee board
Term of office: 3 years
Business and financial interests: Chair of trustees Lindridge Enterprises & Chair and Non exec Director Children’s Quarter
Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor Turves Green Girls School, West Heath, Birmingham Governor Interim Executive Board Heath Mount Primary School, Balsall Heath, Birmingham Governor City of Birmingham School
Material interests: N/A
Attendance record: Available on request

Name: Martin Straker-Welds
Date of appointment and by whom: 18 October 2018 by Trustee board
Term of office: 3 years
Business and financial interests: N/A
Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of MAC, Edgbaston Foundation and advisor for Children’s Quarter
Material interests: N/A
Attendance record: Available on request

Name: Tanya Grimmett
Date of appointment and by whom: 18 October 2018 by Trustee board
Term of office: 3 years
Business and financial interests:Puzzles Day nursery
Governance roles in other educational institutions: N/A
Material interests: N/A
Attendance record: Available on request


In order to ensure a balanced learning environment for the children we integrate basic elements of literacy, mathematics, science, understanding the world and expressive arts and design throughout our movement based programmes. Please see our curriculum statement here.

We believe that every child needs to understand the importance and relevance of their movements and communication in order to understand the world they live in. Through structured movement programmes we are able to ensure that each child learns to play, explore, be creative and most importantly be active in their own learning journey. We have a strong ethos of working with parents and other professionals to ensure a co-ordinated and consistent approach for each child.

All of our children will follow the National Curriculum at either pre-key stages, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. Please click for details of the 2021-2022 curriculum for Maths, English, Science and Foundation subjects. An overview of our Annual Academic Planner can be seen here. Each child will have an individual target setting document which will be developed in conjunction with the child and their family. At NICE we assess progression and attainment at Key Stage 2 for our full time pupils. Results are available for  2017-2018. Since 2018 we have not had  any full time pupils in key stage 2 until this academic year.  Results for these pupils will be available in July 2022.

Daily Routine


9.00 – 9.45 CURRICULUM LESSON  (45 mins)

(45 mins)

10.30 – 11.30 PLINTH PROGRAMME  (1 hour)

11.30 – 12.15 INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMME  (45 mins)

12.15 – 13.00 CURRICULUM LESSON (45 mins)

(1 hour)

14.00 – 14.30 SPEECH AND MANIPULATION  (30 mins)

14.30 – 15.00 CURRICULUM LESSON  (30 mins)



8.30 – 9.00 ARRIVAL / REGISTER  (30 mins)

9.00 – 9.45 CURRICULUM LESSON  (45 mins)

9.45 – 10.15 BREAK  (30 mins)

10.15 – 11.15 SPORT (1 hour)

11.15 – 12.00 READING  (45 mins)

12.00 – 13.00 LUNCH  (1 hour)

13.00 – 13.30 FREE PLAY / TOILETING  (30 mins)


We suggest that you arrange to come and visit our services initially. This can be with or without your child. During your visit we will introduce you to our work and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

If you then decide you would like your child to attend – either part-time or full-time – we will ask you to complete an application form. This will trigger a 1 hour initial consultation during which time you can discuss your child’s needs and work with them to see how Conductive Education may be of benefit.

Following the consultation we will write to you with a formal offer of placement if we feel that our provision meets your child’s needs.

There are different routes for funding. We will discuss the best form and implications with you during your consultation:

Local Authority Funding – if your child has a statement or EHC plan then in order for the LA to pay for services our school needs to be named in your statement/EHC plan. We are an independent school and therefore the LA will need to agree to fund the place. We will support you with your application for this funding.

Private funding – some families decide to fund part-time places privately or through fundraising. The cost of the placement will depend on the number of days your child is attending. Currently the daily cost is £175. This includes your child’s meals and all support required.

The pupils’ progress is made possible by the consistent implementation of an outstanding curriculum, which combines the very effective practice of Conductive Education with the full range of subject material specified by the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning and development

Click here to view Ofsted’s 2013 report.

Click here to view Ofsted’s 2016 report.

Click here to view Ofsted’s 2019 report.

Term Dates for Academic Year 2021-2022

Summer Term 2022

Term Starts: Monday 25 April 2022 

Half Term: Monday 30 May 2022 to Friday 3 June 2022 

Term Ends: Friday 22 July 2022 

Training Days: Monday 6 June 2022 and Friday 22 July 2022

Term Dates for Academic Year 2022-2023

Autumn Term 2022

Term Starts: Monday 5th September 2022

Half Term: Monday 24th October 2022 to Friday 28th October 2022

Term Ends: Friday 16th December 2022

Training Days: Monday 5th September and Tuesday 6th September

Spring Term 2023

Term Starts: Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Half Term: Monday 20th February 2023 to Friday 24th February 2023

Term Ends: Friday 31st March 2023

Training Days: Tuesday 3rd January and Friday 31st March

Summer Term 2023

Term Starts: Monday 17th April 2023

Half Term: Monday 29th May 2023 to Friday 2nd June 2023

Term Ends: Tuesday 25th July 2023

Training days: Monday 5th June