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Dawn House School rated ‘outstanding’ for residential provision.

I CAN are delighted to announce that following an inspection in February, Dawn House School’s residential provision has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for a second consecutive year. Dawn House School offers specialist education, therapy and care for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs and/or Aspergers’ Syndrome.

The Ofsted inspection found that, ‘students make excellent progress in all areas of their development because of the residential experience. This is especially strong in the area of social skills and independence, which supports their transition to adulthood.’

The report also noted, ‘Residential planning is expertly tailored to each individual’s needs. A detailed induction into the school ensures students are able to settle quickly. They also move on effectively. One hundred percent of students leaving this school move on to further education or successful employment. These opportunities are sustained year on year providing long-term positive outcomes for students. A real strength of this school is preparing students for independence, ensuring they are fully equipped for when they leave.’

A parent featured in the report commented, “This school is focussed on my son’s abilities rather than his disabilities. Here he has grown and flourished.”

Angela Child, Head teacher of Dawn House School said, “We are thrilled that the hard work of our staff, parents and pupils to make our care provision and school a happy and successful place to be has been recognised by the Ofsted inspector’s report. Our thriving school community is maintained by an effective mix of education, care and therapy, enriched by extra-curricular activities to support students’ social and emotional development. I am very proud of all the students and staff for achieving this fantastic Ofsted report.”

Bob Reitemeier, I CAN Chief Executive, added, “It is wonderful that the care provision at Dawn House School has received another ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report. The students and staff all enjoy being a part of the school community and this is illustrated by the positive comments from the inspectors. The school staff work tirelessly to ensure that pupils settle into school life quickly, have their individual needs met, both for their learning and socially, to ultimately ensure pupils achieve their full potential. Congratulations to everyone at Dawn House School.”

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