Dawn House School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Helmsley Road
Nr Mansfield, Notts
NG21 0DQ
5 - 19
Non-maintained special school
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School Description

Dawn House educates pupils who all have statements of special educational needs for difficulties with speech, language and communication. Approximately a third of pupils has a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and/or are on the autistic spectrum. The school is one of two run by the national charity ‘I CAN’. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. This is extra funding given to a school by the government to support groups of pupils, including those who are entitled to free school meals, and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school does not receive pupil premium funding from all the local authorities who place pupils in the school. This is also the case for Year 7 catch-up funding. Most pupils are of White British heritage. Approximately two thirds of pupils travel in daily to the school. A small minority of pupils are dual registered at this school and other mainstream schools. The school includes a residential unit for approximately a fifth of pupils, who live a long distance away from the school. Some sixth form students board weekly at the school. This was last inspected in July 2013 and was not part of this inspection. There is a high proportion of pupils starting school in different year groups as pupils join any time up to sixth form. More recently, the youngest pupils have been in Year 2 and the majority of pupils at Key Stage 4 stay on to the sixth form. The school uses a range of work placements in local businesses and courses with two local colleges, Vision West Nottingham, and Portland, a specialist further education college, as alternative provision to support students in Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form. There have been some significant changes in staffing and in the governing body since the previous inspection. These include recent appointments of head of school, a mathematics leader, and chair of the governing body. The principal is currently acting head of care of the residential provision. Senior leaders represent education, therapy and care.

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