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One class had been set up as a crime scene with reams of police tape. A sub skills lesson on auditory working memory (listening) was taking place outside; pupils were using different strategies to remember lists of numbers while running to a tree and back. Each classroom is named by colour making timetables easier to read. Specialist classrooms are assigned shapes; triangle, circle, etc. Timetables are stuck to the bottoms of trays that pupils carry from room to room. Individual timetables are reviewed every term enabling the school to respond ...

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Calder House provides dyslexic children with a nurturing 'whole school' specialist teaching environment. It is suitable for children who are underachieving in mainstream schools because of a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia. Calder House has a proven track record of successful return to mainstream schools within three years and is a supporting member of the British Dyslexia Association and the Dyspraxia Foundation. It is fully registered with CReSTeD. Our amazing results year on year speak for themselves. ...Read more

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Since September 2018, Mrs Julie Delahay, previously subject leader for geography and PE for two years. Originally from Hereford, studied geography at Coventry University before moving to various military posts with her husband and taking on teaching roles at local mainstream schools. Two sons, one with complex learning needs so she has first hand experience of the issues parents are going through. Friendly, enthusiastic and passionate about making a difference, parents say: ‘The headteacher is incredibly committed, very approachable, demonstrably cares about each child and has the highest aspirations for the school.’


Calder House specialises in dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and speech and language difficulties. The aim is to be a short-term, remedial measure for an average of two years enabling pupils to rejoin mainstream education. Entry and exit can be at any time of year....

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Special Education Needs

Calder House School provides a 'whole school' learning environment for pupils who, in mainstream education, have been unable to achieve their full potential. Every child has an individual learning programme tailored to deliver the support required. Pupils access the full National Curriculum so that they will have missed nothing when they return to mainstream education. Our team of specialist teachers is augmented by our speech and language therapist and occupational therapist so that difficulties with for example working memory, handwriting and the like can be addressed by skilled professionals in collaboration with their specialist teaching colleagues. We have a maximum class size of 8 and a staff pupil ratio of 1:4 or better. Pupils are carefully timetabled for their 1:1 individual support sessions to ensure that class teaching is not missed. Our literacy and numeracy lessons are arranged so that pupils start from their current skill level irrespective of chronological age. Progress is kept under constant review. The multi-discipline collaborative teaching environment is demonstrably effective in promoting pupil progress. Above all we are a happy school, where children are encouraged to value themselves and trust their teachers. Our fees are all-inclusive. Our pupils are usually ready to return to mainstream within three years of joining us: and our leavers keep in touch to tell us of their successes - including first class degrees. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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