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  • Dove House School
    Sutton Road
    RG21 5SU
  • Head: Faye Watton-Lawrence
  • T 01256 351555
  • F 01256 329749
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special state school for pupils aged 11-19 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: 234
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 24th September 2019
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 20th May 2015
  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive Principal

Faye Watton-Lawrence


At the moment Hampshire county council coordinates placement of all the students and has the final say over which students can have a place, even though this school is an academy and run by a Trust. Hampshire's Basingstoke SEN team sends applications and supporting papers to the school to see whether Dove House can provide for a pupil. Hampshire council prioritises Basingstoke residents and pupils for which there is no other local school that would suit. It is consistently oversubscribed though is not the only school for MLD pupils in the area. It has provision and extra support for pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, speech, language and communication disorders. About half of the pupils have autism - some almost non-verbal but mostly at least average functioning.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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