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  • Moor House School & College
    Mill Lane
    Hurst Green
    RH8 9AQ
  • Head: Mrs Helen Middleton
  • T 01883 712271
  • F 01883 716722
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A specialist day and residential school and college for boys and girls aged 7-19 with speech and language impairments/developmental language disorder and related communication difficulties.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 187; sixth formers: 61
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Open days: Visits welcomed by appointment
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 3rd October 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 26th June 2014

    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 22nd March 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Continues to be at the forefront of developing educational and therapeutic interventions for children with speech and language disorders, from its own research and training institute.  Residential accommodation for the school students is in a recent build of three houses in the grounds called ‘The Village’, which still has that new smell. All pupils have single rooms – bathrooms are shared. Each has a large family style kitchen and lounge area. Evening options include horseriding, tennis, music, cooking, arts and crafts, swimming, and D of E activities.  

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Since 2015, Helen Middleton. She joined the school in 2001 as an English specialist, later becoming assistant head teacher, charged with developing the school’s new post-16 provision.

Her family emigrated to South Africa from Wales when she was seven, and it was there she began her teaching career, at a time of high political tensions. On-the-job training included sessions in how to survive a hijacking if you were taking a busload of students to a netball match.

She trained as a dyslexia specialist, intrigued by the difficulties some students had learning about literacy and language. One moment sticks in her mind: looking at the phrase ‘The fisherman harvests the wealth of the ocean’, she asked the class what the fisherman takes from the sea. One boy wrote...

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Moor House is an independent residential special school providing for pupils from seven to 19 years who have speech, language and communication impairments/developmental language disorder and related communication difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

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Further reading

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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.

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