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Children are engaged, and some very outgoing and chatty, especially the girls we met. Innovative learning includes a much talked about specialist philosophy teacher and school Question Time for 9-11 year olds three times a week, with support of speech and language therapy, to develop public speaking and comprehension skills. 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’. All teachers are…

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What the parents say...

As parents who have an intelligent daughter, who struggles due to her dyspraxia and speech and language, this school was a jewel found. Our daughter had terrible experiences at her previous fee paying school. I do not know what they did at the school but it took just 2 days to bring back her confidence, self esteem and willingness to learn again. The head is truly inspirational and the teachers completely dedicated. Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again.

Commented on 15th Oct 2014

For such a small school the provision of sports and outdoor work, and social development is excellent. It's surprisingly active and full of bright sparks. Incredible levels of individual attention. The staff concentrate on bringing out the best in each child and they are ambitious for them and disciplined with them. No one can fail to thrive in such an environment.

Commented on 16th Sep 2012

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Principal

Since 2007, the hugely experienced Anne O’Doherty BA Dip SpLD Dip Montessori (50s). Previously co-ran Kensington Dyslexia Centre, has 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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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