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  • Gosden House School
    GU5 0AH
  • Head: Cindy O'Sullivan
  • T 01483 892008
  • E
  • 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: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 110
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 11th February 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 9th 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 11th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

We visited during a cultural week culminating in workshop performances of scenes from Hamlet. The grounds and buildings were utilised to the maximum, yet throughout (and despite the heat wave), children moved around thoughtfully and remained engrossed in the performances of their peers, a real credit to the school and themselves. Self-esteem and respect are values to the fore. In the words of a former pupil, ‘Gosden has given me lots of things, the most important being…

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What the school says...

Gosden House School became a Specialist College for Cognition and Learning on 1st September 2010.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since Easter 2016, Cindy O'Sullivan MA (special and inclusive education) NPQH. Fiona Williams becomes deputy head.

This follows a county wide review by Surrey of special educational provision for young people with learning difficulties. As a result, it was decided to delay the appointment of a new headteacher until outcomes from the review were known and there was clarity regarding the school's future provision.

Academic matters

All national curriculum subjects taught, with adaptations as necessary. Emphasis placed on communication skills - full and part-time speech therapists and assistants on site; PECS and TEACCH used where needed. Aims to be inclusive - trained TAs work alongside teaching staff to help deliver a carefully differentiated curriculum. Sats taken at the end of each key stage; does not do GCSEs, instead a range of...

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Special Education Needs

Questionnaire details completed by GSG.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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