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  • The National Autistic Society Daldorch House School
    Sorn Road
    Catrine
    East Ayrshire
    Catrine
    East Ayrshire
    KA5 6NA
  • Head: Bernadette Casey
  • T 01290 551666
  • F 01290 553399
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.autism.org.uk/daldorch
  • A special independent school for boys and girls. Type of SEN provision: Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Ayrshire
  • Pupils: 21; 19 boys, 2 girls full boarders
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The school’s meadow is the starting point in the morning for the Meadow Mile – eight laps around it is a mile, which pupils might do on foot or on their bikes. In the summer it’s the staging ground for a mini Olympics. Teachers incorporate the pupils’ special interests into their learning, so if it is trains they go out on trains, and for one pupil who is fascinated by reptiles, it’s visits to specialist pet shops and he later relays his knowledge…

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Principal

Since 2014, Bernadette Casey. Previously head teacher at Milton School in Glasgow for children with complex needs and Parkhill School, Glasgow, for young people with additional learning needs. Originally from Ireland, she took a degree in Russian language and literature at Queens University, and spent her early career in IT roles, before doing postgrad teacher training in her late 20s. She began teaching in mainstream primary, but found her vocation in a school for moderate learning disabilities (Park School in Kilmarnock): ‘In two days I knew it was the place for me,’ she says.

Her management style is a collegiate approach, and an open door not just into the building but into the wider education world. ‘I like to see what’s happening out there that we can avail ourselves of,...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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
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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