What do we do?
Calder House teaches children with specific learning difficulties the skills they need to achieve their academic potential and successfully return to mainstream education.
Every pupil at Calder House has a personalised timetable designed to meet his or her individual needs. Click here to see what this involves and how it works.
"You are to be congratulated on a wonderful school and the excellent job being done on a daily basis."
Maria Pond of the Council for the Registraton of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils. Click here to download CReSTeD's full report on Calder House.
"An outstanding teacher universally acclaimed by colleagues, pupils past and present, and by parents"
That's how the judges of the Teacher of the Year Award described Calder House's Head of Science, Mr Perks who came second in the 2010 Regional Final. More than 9,200 teachers entered the competition which covers the whole of the South West Region.
Calder House strives to unlock the potential of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia who are struggling in mainstream education. Literacy and numeracy are the focus of our morning lessons and it is during these morning classes that all remedial support takes place. But, important as these lessons are, our school is about more than teaching children to read, write and calculate. When our pupils return to mainstream education, it is vital that they have as much knowledge and information at their command as their classmates.
To this end Calder House follows the National Curriculum in full. So while we concentrate on reading, writing, spelling and maths skills in the morning, afternoons are spent studying history, geography, science, religious studies, information technology and spoken Italian in small age-appropriate classes. Classrooms are arranged to encourage a quiet working atmosphere and minimise distractions. And, as one would expect, the school is equipped with all the modern teaching aids including computers, a networked whiteboard and audio-visual equipment.
Pupils are encouraged to stretch themselves and to achieve realistic goals. We consistently receive excellent reports on the motivation and achievements of our pupils from the schools to which they transfer. Pupils transferring to secondary schools usually take the end of Keystage 2 SATs and are prepared for entrance examinations to independent schools if required.
Use the links in the menu above to find out more about our approaches to literacy, numeracy and other specific areas of the curriculum. Alternatively click here to see a typical pupil's timetable.