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  • Sunnydown School
    Portley House
    152 Whyteleafe Road
    Caterham
    Surrey
    CR3 5ED
  • Head: Mr Paul Jensen
  • T 01883 342281
  • F 01883 341342
  • E office@sunnydo….surrey.sch.uk
  • W www.sunnydown.surrey.sch.uk
  • A special state school for boys aged from 11 to 16 with specific learning difficulties and speech, language and communication needs
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 80
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: State financed
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 13th July 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 3rd May 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Friendly atmosphere as soon as you enter and are given a bright visitor's badge. Each individual's needs are known without looking them up in a file. Boarders love it here - not just because of the range of evening activities...

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What the school says...

Sunnydown School is a community special school for boys aged between 11 and 16. All pupils have statements of special educational needs that identify that they have specific learning difficulties. The school is not a specialst school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. The school serves the whole of the Surrey local authority area. Currently 35 pupils have weekly boarding places. The need for this boarding provision results from difficulties transporting pupils on a daily basis. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Friendly atmosphere as soon as you enter and are given a bright visitor's badge. Each individual's needs are known without looking them up in a file. Boarders love it here - not just because of the range of evening activities - rooms are clean, bright and there are obviously no problems with stealing, since we saw mobile phones lying around and a dorm's safe box wide open. Zero tolerance...

Head Teacher

Since September 2014, Mr Paul Jensen BEd Grad Dip (SEBD) NPQH.

Academic Matters

All the boys have very severe dyslexia and arrive at the school streetwise – albeit with behavioural and communication difficulties – but with their only academic experience one of failure (eg 11 years old with a reading age of 5). Immediate assessments of reading, comprehension and spelling set challenging targets for each boy, which are...

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Special Education Needs

Sunnydown School is a community special school; all pupils have statements of special educational needs that identify specific learning difficulties and/or difficulties on the autistic spectrum. Pupils are taught in groups of 10 or less and follow the National Curriculum in a modified manner, to make it more accessible to the pupils. The school has an ethos of good relationships between pupils, staff and parents which Ofsted regard as outstanding.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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