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  • Dove House School
    Sutton Road
    RG21 5SU
  • Head: Mr Tom Pegler
  • T 01256 351555
  • F 01256 329749
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  • A special state school for pupils aged 11-16 with moderate learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. There is provision for dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, speech, language and communication disorders.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hampshire
  • Pupils: 190
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st May 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 23rd June 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The possibility of stress is avoided at every stage for students who are given clear individual goals, manageable timetables, there are lockers for each student, tutor groups/home rooms, non-compulsory homework. 'PE and football are the best things by far,' according to students and 'if you have a problem you can speak to the PE staff, they are more relaxed.' Worth moving to Basingstoke to get a chance to attend this school. Ideal for a child who might benefit from…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Speech & Drama at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Award Level 1)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Tom Pegler (40s) BEd in PE; taught in mainstream schools, taking on pastoral care roles, before the challenging job of head of Island Learning Centre for children at risk of, or already, excluded, commuting each day to the Isle of Wight. In 2015 he was selected to be head of Dove House, taking over from Colin House, who had been in position for 15 years and at the school for 38, and who is still a school governor. Energetic and both passionate and compassionate, he knows every child's name and story and visits each classroom daily - a presence that allows pupils to engage with him ('you could have joined our spelling quiz, Sir'). A dynamic strategist, looking for ways to improve the school profile and links with the community. A believer...

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Special Education Needs

Dove House is an 11-16 specialist school for children with moderate learning difficulties. We have specialist resources for autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, and language development. The school takes pupils up to GCSE and entry level where appropriate.

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