Why Calder House?


A man was walking along the beach one day. Ahead he noticed another, older man picking up a starfish that had become stranded on the sand and throwing it back into the sea.

Why do you bother?” the man asked him. “The beach goes on for miles and countless starfish get stranded every day. You can’t really make a difference.

The old man looked at the starfish in his hand and then he threw it to safety among the waves. “I can make a difference to this one,” he replied.

Countless children feel stranded at school. For some Calder House can make a real difference.

Good Schools Guide

The latest edition of the Good Schools Guide praises Calder House's “amazing success rate” in returning pupils to mainstream education and describes us as “a happy school where children can regain their self esteem”.

“My GCSE's - yes, I am very proud of my results! But I must stress that if it wasn't for Calder House I would never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever in the entire world have been able to get such high grades and I would just like to thank you.”

Former pupil

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Unlocking the potential of dyslexic and dyspraxic children
Located in Wiltshire between Bristol, Bath and Chippenham, Calder House is a small, co-educational, day-school where children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and language difficulties learn the skills they need to fulfil their potential.
We offer a whole-school approach to specialist education – one which delivers a carefully structured programme of one-to-one support, tailored to meet each child’s individual needs, within a normal school environment that includes classroom teaching.
We enjoy strong links with the many mainstream schools to which our pupils return, typically after two to three years at Calder House, having learned the skills and strategies they need to thrive.
  • Staff/pupil ratio of one to four
  • Maximum class size of eight
  • Approved by the DfES and CReSTeD
  • A member of the British Dyslexia Association and Dyspraxia Foundation
  • Follows the National Curriculum
  • Prepares pupils for SATs and independent schools’ entry exams


Ofsted says Calder House is "OUTSTANDING" in every category: click here for more>> 

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