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All the classrooms, including the science lab, are buzzing with activities, visual reminders and clues, anything that is memorable: models made by the children, word banks for a current history topic or colour-coded parts of speech. Parents thrilled to have found the place. A typical story: ‘His previous school [a well-known London prep] had given up on him: “He will never learn his times tables”. He had shut down completely. On his first day here he learned his nine times table. He has made huge progress...'

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Headmaster

Since 2013, Mr Michael Taylor BA PGCE FRGS (40s). A geographer, he came here from four years as deputy head at More House near Farnham, another good specialist school. He clearly gets on well with both parents and children. Parents say ‘boyish’, ‘deals with problems well’, ‘has a laugh with the pupils but keeps their respect’, ‘hands shaken, greeted by name, knows if they have been away'.

Previous principal, Jackie Murray, is now school's principal educational psychologist. Still a force in the land.

Academic matters

Most pupils have a diagnosis of specific learning differences, usually dyslexia and/or dyspraxia and the related conditions ADD, ADHD and Asperger's. Also able to accommodate some pupils who have non-conventional learning styles and find mainstream schools inaccessible.

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Special Education Needs

Fairley House School has a whole school approach to specific learning difficulties for children from 5 to 16 years. Speech and language therapy and occupational therapy are fully integrated with children's education. All teachers hold a qualification in specific learning difficulties. The school's aim is to enhance children's literacy and numeracy skills and to teach them to compensate for their specific learning difficulties so that they can return to mainstream schooling after 2 to 3 years. We aim to raise children's self esteem and confidence through nurturing children's talents and giving them a level playing field by offering them a peer group of other children with specific learning difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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