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  • Fairley House School
    30 Causton Street
    SW1P 4AU
  • Head: Mr Michael Taylor
  • T 020 7976 5456
  • F 020 7976 5905
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 16 with specific learning difficulties, mainly dyslexia and dyspraxia. Pupils have at least average ability 
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Westminster
  • Pupils: 180
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £33,600 pa
  • Open days: Telephone for an individual appointment.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

‘If they can’t learn the way we teach, we have to teach the way they learn,’ says the school. Simple, yet devastatingly effective, particularly for children who’ve previously learned in an often hostile environment, with teachers who make no concessions for anyone who doesn’t fit the mould.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Mr Michael Taylor (40s). Prior to Fairley House spent a year as deputy head, joining the school originally in 2008 as head of the senior school. After university took a job as a transport engineer but it was never going to stick and, with employer’s full backing, moved into teaching in 1998. Started off as a year 9 tutor at Malory Comprehensive in Lewisham, moving into independent sector in 2000 when he spent two years at St Martin’s Prep in Northwood as a geography and history teacher (and basketball and rugby coach). More importantly, success in identifying and helping dyslexic and dyspraxic pupils made him realise that this was where his future lay.

Moved to the Elms in Colwall in 2002 (teacher and sports coach) before rejoining the maintained...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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
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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