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  • Dorothy Goodman School Hinckley
    Stoke Road
    LE10 0EA
  • Head: Janet Thompson
  • T 01455 634582
  • F 01455 613667
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19. Type of SEN provision: MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty; SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Leicestershire
  • Pupils: 260
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 14th June 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 15th June 2011

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 13th September 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One charmingly keen-to-learn young man was particularly absorbed with the idea of marriage. Did we have a husband? he wanted to know. Before we were able to answer, the deputy head neatly stepped in and steered him away from the subject, suggesting that the question was a bit personal. Undeterred, the young man carried on chatting for a bit, before leaning in close and whispering, ‘Does your husband have a car?’...

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What the school says...

We are an area special school, providing education for children who have learning difficulties, across the whole range. We are in the process of being re-built, and from September 2006 we will be located in the heart of mainstream provision, although we will remain a separate special school. This will allow us to expand our successful programme of inclusion links with local schools. A strong feature of our school is the high level of staffing, which provides our pupils with the individual support that they need. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Janet Thompson, 50s. Private person, politely but resolutely sidestepped all questions about her life outside work and career prior to Dorothy Goodman School (DGS). ‘I’m not being awkward. Parents need to choose me from what I do professionally,’ she says.

She gives off warm vibes, laughs a lot and it's impossible to feel snubbed by this kind and friendly character. She’s dressed for comfort with her curly hair scraped back into a practical ponytail. Clearly a natural with children — as she walks round the school, she’s constantly breaking off to smile and have a quick word with the pupils.

What she will reveal is that she is a former OFSTED inspector and this is her third headship of a special school, the others were in...

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Special Education Needs

An area special school for pupils with learning difficulties.

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 Y
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 Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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