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  • Dorset House School
    The Manor
    West Sussex
    RH20 1PB
  • Head: Mr Matt Thomas M.Ed, BA (Ed), FRGS
  • T 01798 831456
  • F 01798 831141
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 13
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 140
  • Religion: Church of England/Christian
  • Fees: Day £7,875 - £16,875 pa; Boarding £90 per week
  • Open days: Termly - please call the school for details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Children allowed to build camps and dens in the woods and play in the adventure playground. ‘No one minds about mud – you just fling on your wellies,’ said one boy. Children spend as much time as possible outside and some of the younger ones often drink their break-time hot chocolate on a log in the woods...

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What the school says...

I graduated from St Luke’s, Exeter University with a BA (Ed) in PE, Geography and Education Studies in 1995. Since then, I have had experience in a wide variety of roles and types of school which has included teaching GCSE and A level in the maintained sector, being designated as a Lead Teacher for two education authorities and various positions in independent schools. I was Deputy Head (Academic) at Moulsford Prep School before being appointed as Headmaster of Dorset House. I completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2015.
I am married to Julie and a father of two; Charlie and Isabella both of whom go to DH.
Mountains are something of a passion for me and I have visited Nepal three times, trekking in the Himalayan foothills and on the Tibetan Plateau; I have also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. I run regularly and have competed in half, marathon and ultra- marathon distances. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and attend the Monday evening lectures at the Society’s Headquarters in Kensington Gore when I can.
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Since September 2016, Mr Matt Thomas, previously deputy head (academic) at Moulsford Prep. Degree in PE, geography and education studies from St Luke's Exeter; recently completed a master's in educational leadership. Has had a wide variety of roles including teaching GCSE and A level at state schools, being a lead teacher for two education authorities and various positions in independent schools. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he likes to attend Monday evening lectures there. Enjoys trekking in the Himalayas and has climbed Kilimanjaro; runs marathons and ultra-marathons. Married to Julie and they have two children, both at the school.


Children can join at any time so long as spaces, subject to informal tests in English and maths, a report from their current school and, ideally, a taster day. Parents are made aware of...

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Special Education Needs

The school aims to meet the individual needs of all children, regardless of academic aptitude and if necessary provide support for them. Our small class sizes enable teachers to differentiate the work planned for our pupils and to reflect their individual needs. This support is available throughout the whole school from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Common Entrance at 13.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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