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  • Gosden House School
    GU5 0AH
  • Head: Cindy O'Sullivan
  • T 01483 892008
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.gosden-hou…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 16 (mixed primary; girls only secondary) with complex learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 130
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Book through school website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 20th November 2019
    • 2 Full inspection 8th December 2010

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The GSG satnav mistakenly took us to the golf course across the road; but we still weren’t sure we were in the right place as we came up the drive. A few visiting parents have been known to nervously check on arrival that they were in fact at a state school. It’s set around a white Georgian mansion, one time home to the Sitwell family. Inside there are pictures on the walls of Edwardian ladies in voluminous skirts riding bikes and romping around in the 40 acre grounds which have been remarkably preserved and are truly lovely. Makes you want to grab a trug and snip roses...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2016, Cindy O’Sullivan. Not remotely headmistressy. If I tell you she’s a henna-haired New Zealander with a camper van, which in the holidays she loads with dog, cat and partner to head for the wilds of Scotland, you are probably picturing her correctly. Says she never meant to be in management, but she kept getting promoted.

She did a teaching degree before leaving New Zealand – which she explains is more comprehensive than the UK version, taking four years and encompassing SEN teaching as standard. Her Antipodean wanderlust then led to working as a hostess on cruise ships, picking up the odd bit of supply teaching between contracts. One such job was at Samuel Rhodes School in inner London; she was reeled in, and worked her way up...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Questionnaire details completed by GSG.

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
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

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.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

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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