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  • Centre Academy East Anglia
    IP7 7QR
  • Head: Mrs Kim Salthouse
  • T 01449 736404
  • F 01449 737881
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.centreacad…net/east-anglia
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, and mild autism spectrum disorders
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Suffolk
  • Pupils: 60 (45 boys, 15 girls)
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £18,000 - £25,875; Boarding £25,000 - £36,225 pa
  • Open days: Rolling admissions policy
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Firecrew is a popular after school club. And, yes they really do put out fires. School inherited four fire engines, including a Green Goddess, and now have eight engines. The fire chief comes to the school once a week to put the crew through their paces. This helps with teamwork and co-operation. The highlight of the year is the annual caravan fire ...

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What the school says...

Centre Academy East Anglia is a co-educational boarding/day school for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. We follow the National Curriculum through GCSEs and offer the American High School Diploma, which is not examination-based, in place of A-Levels. All Diploma Graduates have gained entry to university. In addition, we offer a Life Skills Programme for less-academically orientated students, and we have recently introduced a Pre-Prep Programme for children ages 4-7 of all abilities. The school recently had highly successful Ofsted and CReSTeD inspections. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of school

Since 2010, Kim Salthouse. Daughter of parents who taught, and determined not to. Went straight to work for Lloyds of London then had children, and realised both children had special needs, dyslexia and ADHD. ‘I had a problem so had to deal with it.’ Went to university at 28 to study education followed by a diploma in SEN. Initially taught adults in an Essex Support Group. Moved out of London to bring children up in Suffolk, was SENCo at Framlingham College for nine years before being approached by The Old Rectory, a predecessor school to Centre Academy. Left to go into mainstream then returned to Old Rectory as senior teacher. Was asked to be head ‘but needed a lot of persuading,’ when Centre Academy took over. ‘I had to reverse all the...

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Special Education Needs

Centre Academy East Anglia is a specialist school adressing dyslexia, AD/HD, and other learning challenges in children aged 4 to 19. Pupils receive an intensive programme of support, affording them skills and strategies to help them return to mainstream education or to continue on to further education. We provide a secure, comfortable family environment with excellent boarding facilities and a wide range of activities including the school fire brigade. Classes are small and set by ability not year group. English and maths are taught in groups of no more than seven and all teachers of English and maths have qualifications in teaching pupils with dyslexia. An emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy skills and all pupils have individual or paired tutorial in English and/or maths. Additional lessons include history, geography, Spanish, science, music, art, drama, DT and PSHE. Each child has a daily tutorial period with their English teacher, following a multi-sensory programme for SpLD children. The children receive support for organisational difficulties - in and out of the classroom. We place great emphasis on raising self-esteem and confidence of pupils. Our rural location provides ample room for many different sports and activities, all of which help our pupils develop physical skills and positive attitudes to health and fitness as well as teaching them co-operation and teamwork.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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
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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