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  • Nunnykirk Centre for Dyslexia
    NE61 4PB
  • Head: Barry Frost
  • T 01670 772685
  • F 01670 772434
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 9 to 18 with specific learning difficulties
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Northumberland
  • Pupils: 25; 8 weekly boarders; sixth formers: 8
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Please apply to school
  • Open days: May and November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Requires improvement 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 16th February 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 13th February 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

It's the individual focus, the being known and liked, that enables these children to achieve so far beyond expectation, above and beyond the application of any modish methodology. Two former pupils recently received first class honours degrees at a good university and have both been asked by the university to stay on to study for a PhD. Standards are high - important for those rougher diamonds when they first arrive. Manners are excellent, discipline not an issue, and they all…

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What the school says...

Nunnykirk is a non-maintained special school, approved by the Department for Education for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties, where individuals are valued for themselves and where all are expected to give their best.

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Head teacher

Since September 2015, Barry Clarke, previously senior lecturer and course leader at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincolnshire. He has previously worked for Lincolnshire County Council in a number of roles, including teacher in charge of a pupil referral unit and the local authority’s school improvement consultant concentrating on behaviour, inclusion and SEN.

Barry’s key subjects are science and ICT and he has also taught maths and PE. He is a keen sportsman, including running, cycling, football and a variety of racquet sports. He and his wife Erica, also a teacher, have been regular visitors to Northumberland on holiday

Academic matters

This is a CreSTeD SP school specialising in dyslexia and all the associated info-processing quirks that huddle under that umbrella term. With the right intervention, children improve quickly here. Ofsted inspectors...

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Special Education Needs

Nunnykirk specialises in pupils of average or above average ability who have specific learning difficulties. Our holistic approach ensures a curriculum specifically developed for dyslexic pupils where they can build self-esteem and confidence in a calm and supportive environment. The wide variety of subjects, hobbies, activities and games ensures that every pupil develops their potential. In addition the attention to detail in routines, diet and exercise contributes to pupils becoming mature, well-mannered, confident young people aware of community and world issues and able to move into our 6th Form or on to college, where they start the next phase of their education. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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