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On an end of term visit, we saw reams of lively quizzing going on as pupils reviewed what they had learned over the term. Year 11 were revising waves and the universe - ‘Miss I’m winning,’ a boy told the head triumphantly. We saw several examples of this buoyed up self-esteem. ‘Miss, my story is amazing,’ said a boy in a year 8 literacy class. Not something you might expect to hear in a class of dyslexics – nor, ‘Can Michael Rosen come to our school?’ from another pupil...

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Since 2013, Clare King. The school has truly been a life’s work for her – she joined as a newly qualified teacher, became head of IT then director of studies, and took an MBA on her way up to head.

She has a deep connection with dyslexic children, having witnessed the difficulties her brother with the condition encountered. There was a youthful nannying spell in the US looking after a boy with cerebral palsy, and a stint with Camp America working with children with MLD. Returning to the UK, a quick turn in recruitment to pay off her debts was enough to demonstrate that corporate life was not for her.

She sweeps through corridors, Mary Poppins-esque, trilling out ‘Hi darlings’, and receiving hugs and high fives in return....

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Special Education Needs

The Moat is a specialist co-educational day secondary school for the education of SpLD learners. Groups are small, no more than 10 in a class. Learning Support Assistants are linked to full class groups to provide support with literacy, numeracy and organisation. The School makes extensive use of information technology to support learning; all pupils are taught to touch-type and supplied with a fully featured, wireless-enabled laptop to use in lessons and at home. The School has the services of speech and language therapists, an art therapist, an educational psychologist and an occupational therapist. Where necessary 1:1 support is provided for literacy and numeracy. The vast majority of staff have a specialist qualification in the teaching of SpLD learners as well as a degree in their subject specialism plus teaching qualification. All the LSAs are presently undergoing training with the Dyslexia Institute. The approach of The Moat is to have the structure and aspirations of a mainstream school, whilst using the approach of a specialist school. Everything is structured to support the learning and success of the SpLD pupil. Great emphasis is placed on the development of self-confidence and language skills. There is an extensive extra-curricular enrichment programme to help support this. 09-09

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

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