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  • Parayhouse School
    Colet Gardens
    Hammersmith
    London
    W14 9DH
  • Head: Mrs Sarah Jackson
  • T 020 7751 0914
  • E contact@parayhouse.com
  • W www.parayhouse.com
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 16 with speech, language and communication needs, and moderate learning difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Pupils: 46
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Most funded by LA
  • Open days: Four visitors' mornings each term
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 4th July 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 3rd October 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘It’s important that we’re seen as a school and not as a unit or an offshoot. We do everything that is done in a mainstream school, including parents’ evenings, sport, uniform and so on,’ states head. Specialised and individualised curriculum tailored to the differing needs of every pupil. Annual sailing day for the whole school, including a barbecue lunch, is one of the highlights of the year. Head confesses, ‘The first time I went, I nearly had a heart attack...'

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What the school says...

Parayhouse was established as a specialist school for students with speech, language and communication needs and moderate learning difficulties in 1983. More than twenty five years later it continues to provide a specialist education for students from over 12 Local Education Authorities across Greater London.

Our School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment for its students, many of whom are educationally fragile and arrive at Parayhouse with poor self-esteem, low self-confidence and undeveloped basic skills.

The ethos of our School promotes the values of acceptance, tolerance and mutual support achieved through the maintenance of close relationships and open communication between staff, students and parents. Partnership with students families is established through the home/school agreement and fostered through regular contact at Open Evenings, Annual Reviews and regular school events. Telephone & email contact with staff is encouraged to allow for issues and queries to be dealt with speedily.

Students follow the National Curriculum, differentiated to meet their individual learning levels and, following teacher assessment, may be entered for Y6 SATs in line with their mainstream peers. All students have an Individual Education Plan [IEP] with targets drawn up by staff, parents and students at the start of each half-year semester. Students leave at 16+ for a range of Further Education opportunities having achieved many externally accredited qualifications during their time at Parayhouse.

Parayhouse staff are part of an ambitious and close-knit, multi-professional team that includes teachers, therapists and Learning Support Assistants [LSAs]. The School is committed to the professional development of all staff to enhance both their specific skills and the quality of the service they provide to our students. Parayhouse School exists to provide its students with the language and learning skills they will require for life.
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Head

Since 1983, Sarah Jackson Cert Ed Dip Ed. Founded Parayhouse and considers it to be her fourth child. ‘I am as proud of it as I am of my three children,’ she states. Has worked in SEN throughout her career, ‘starting with a seven-year stint at a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties in Wimbledon’. Set up Parayhouse after the arrival of her first child who seemed likely to need extra support after a low APGAR score at birth. ‘Sounds a bit schmaltzy, I know!’ she laughs. Her daughter thrived and turned out to be ‘much cleverer than I could ever be’, but the idea had taken hold and Parayhouse was born.

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Special Education Needs

Parayhouse is a small, non-maintained special school catering for educationally fragile students across the 7 – 16 age range. All students have speech, language & communication needs and moderate learning difficulties; many have self-esteem and confidence issues and some can present with challenging behaviours on entry. Our major goals are for students to become effective communicators, to develop optimum social skills and to acquire a confident and independent approach to learning. The ethos of the School promotes the values of acceptance, tolerance and mutual support achieved through the maintenance of close relationships and open communication between staff, students and parents. Parayhouse staff are part of a close-knit, multi-professional team that includes teachers, therapists and learning support assistants (LSAs). The School is committed to the professional development of all its staff to enhance both their specific skills and the quality of the service they provide to all our students. At the School's successful 3 year review for the Investor in People award in January 2009 the report stated "This assessment once again showed that the School embraces the “spirit and ethos” of the Standard. As before, the assessor was impressed by the dedication and loyalty of all connected to the School. There is a very strong supportive team spirit. All understood and were passionate about the fact that they were “there for the children”. The School's latest OFSTED report (June 2008) describes Parayhouse as a good school that "provides very effectively for its learners and meets fully its aim of enabling them to become effective communicators, to develop optimum social skills and to acquire a confident and independent approach to learning that will ease their transition to further education". OFSTED also said that "Learners' personal development, including the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects, is outstanding". Parayhouse School exists to provide its students with the language and learning skills they will require for life. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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