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  • Meath School
    Brox Road
    KT16 0LF
  • Head: Ms Janet Dunn
  • T 01932 872302
  • F 01932 875180
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 11 with speech, language and communication needs including Asperger’s
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 57 (max 75)
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Please contact the school
  • Open days: Please contact the school
  • 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 3rd March 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 27th January 2011

    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 25th January 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Children may join school at any stage and part way through term, and Meath frequently throws a lifejacket to a child who has struggled in mainstream education. Head commented that often these children have had TAs at school, with one-to-one support, but are not equipped to join group activities. ‘That’s not inclusion,’ she says. Visual timetables and symbol support are prominent throughout the school, most especially in the lowest group, who clutch a travel-sized timetable wherever they go. Signing is ubiquitous...

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Since 2003, Ms Janet Dunn OBE MA PGCE (60s). Hails from Yorkshire, read modern languages at Edinburgh and always wanted to be a primary teacher. Strange but true journey into special needs – accidentally applied for a job at a school for visual impairment and hearing impairment and got hooked.

Joined children’s communication charity I CAN as a teacher in 1986, becoming deputy and then head of another I CAN school, before taking up post at Meath. Described by others as ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove,’ she is statuesque and lively and her enthusiasm for work belies her age. ‘I’ve done a job I absolutely love, how good can that be?’ she says. Still seems genuinely surprised by being awarded a gong in 2009. ‘I flicked through to...

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Special Education Needs

I CAN’s Meath School is a residential (weekly) and day school providing a multi-professional, integrated and collaborative approach to the teaching, therapy and care of children aged 4+-11 years, whose primary difficulty is speech, language and communication. Children with additional or associated difficulties including some degree of learning difficulty, attention control, fine and gross motor co ordination problems, mild visual or hearing impairments, and social interaction problems may also benefit from the provision. Ofsted inspectors commented that “The highly skilled and collaborative multidisciplinary team of staff, generates a very strong learning culture in which pupils thrive. It delivers outstanding care, support and guidance, which results in pupils feeling secure and helps them to achieve well. Pupils make very impressive progress in their ability to speak and communicate.” The school offers specialist practice and programmes (eg a signing environment, Cued Articulation, Alternative Augmentative Communication, visual supports) to enable full access to differentiated National Curriculum teaching via termly topic approach. Each class (average 10 children) has an allocated teacher, speech and language therapist and at least one learning support assistant. An occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant support individual children, class activities and school-wide motor skills groups and sensory integration sessions. All staff are professionally qualified and experienced. Strong partnerships with parents/carers are vital to the success of pupils and families are encouraged to make observation visits to the school and to contribute to their child’s IEP targets. The school has a family liaison worker who can work with parents/carers in the home context. Meath School is housed in 3 fine Victorian buildings and the 7 acre site includes a modern teaching block, small swimming pool, sizeable school field, activity play areas and woodland. It is situated in the village of Ottershaw, near Woking and residential children are supported when attending local community activities. The school has a programme of after school activities for all pupils. Meath School is administered by I CAN, the charity that helps children communicate.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers 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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