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  • Horton Lodge Community Special School
    ST13 8RB
  • Head: Jane Dambach
  • T 01538 306214
  • F 01538 306006
  • E [email protected]…
  • W
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 2 to 11 with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, and communication difficulties
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Staffordshire
  • Pupils: 52
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Phone for personal appointment
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 11th October 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 14th February 2013

    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 16th January 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Set in classically beautiful English countryside on the southern edge of the Peak District. High, winding, narrow country roads lead us to the school. We almost expect to see Postman Pat’s van trundling round the corner. Every minute of the day is seen as a learning opportunity. Education and therapy is integrated. There’s an emphasis on the importance of friendship. One parent is thrilled to see his non-verbal child making ‘loads’ of friends, ‘in the taxi, in the class’. Residential care second to none. Children get a real sense being part of a community — they love being able to…

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What the school says...

Horton Lodge Community Special School offers Conductive Education across the school. Fully qualified Conductor/Teachers lead each class/department in school. The school has recieved two excellent OFSTED reports and offers a high quality differentiated curriculum to all pupils.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Acting headteacher

Since 2014, Jane Dambach (50s). Think mum at the school gates, think favourite teacher from primary school… you get the idea. On our arrival, she greets us warmly and takes us into the cosy room where she meets parents. Ensconced on squidgy sofas and propped up by plump cushions, we chat. A tea tray complete with a selection of biscuits appears. We get the impression that this is the way that things are done around here.

So why acting head? Until recently, Horton Lodge was federated with Springfield Community Special School, managed by an executive head. When he left, the schools defederated and Jane became acting head while they decide what route to take as an academy.

Jane knew from the start that SEN was...

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Special Education Needs

We are a primary special school for pupils with physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties. We use Conductive Education to promote active learning for all the pupils; all teachers in the school are fully qualified Conductor Teachers. The school is a Key Learning Centre and provides support for many pupils with physical disabilities who are in mainstream schools. In addition to this we support the transition of pupils from Horton Lodge into their mainstream school if and when appropriate.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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