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  • The Dominie
    55 Warriner Gardens
    SW11 4DX
  • Head: Miss Anne O'Doherty
  • T 020 7720 8783
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 6 to 12 with specific learning difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, speech, language and communication and associated learning difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wandsworth
  • Pupils: 32
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £26,100 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents report that even by half term of the first term the difference in their child’s learning, confidence and progress can be ‘unbelievable, as the first thing they do is to work on the main cause of the child’s learning anxiety’. There is no pretence that children will outgrow their learning difficulties, but focus is on teaching strategies, resilience and confidence.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, the hugely experienced Anne O’Doherty BA Dip SpLD Dip Montessori (50+). Previously co-ran Kensington Dyslexia Centre, also taught at The Dominie since 2001. A potent combination of charisma, expertise, approachability and good sense: you can see why she is called ‘inspirational’. Loves theatre, music, dance and reading. Parents can make an appointment to see her at any time to discuss their child, plus termly parent teacher meetings and reports. Organises annual drinks party for parents and staff, enthusiastically described as ‘the best parent party in London’.

Secret weapon is Maisie the cairn terrier, who multi-tasks as school dog/school mascot/alternative school counsellor and sometimes sits on parents' knees at their first meeting. Much in evidence during our visit until picked up by her dog walker.


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Special Education Needs

The Dominie provides specialist support for dyslexic and dyspraxic children of average or above average ability. This support is delivered in small classes and, where needed, one-to-one lessons. The National Curriculum is followed and specific remediation programmes are woven throughout.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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