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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: No
  • 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..

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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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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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

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