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Independent school gets thumbs up from specialists in dyslexia
AN independent school has received glowing praise for its work with dyslexic children, and others with different special needs.
Moyles Court near Ringwood has been praised for its teaching and support of pupils, following a recent inspection by CReSTeD, the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Puplis.
The body inspected the day and boarding school, which has a team of teachers specialising in SEN education, in May.
The consultant Fay Cookson said: “The school staff and classrooms are clearly dyslexia friendly.”
She added: “Arrangements for SEN and dyslexic students are excellent.
“Mainstream teachers are asked at interview how they would differentiate work for dyslexic students.”
She added: “Lessons were well planned and resourced and suitably differentiated. Pupils were engaged and participating in their own learning throughout.”
She said the school was “well resourced” to deal with a number of special needs, including dyscalculia, dyspraxia, autistic spectrum disorders and visual and hearing impediments.
The school has a far higher proportion of dyslexia among its boarders, suggesting pupils are travelling to benefit from its support for special educational needs.
Nearly half of its boy boarders are dyslexic compared to one in eight day pupils.
Among the girls, one in six boarders are dyslexic compared to just three out of 68 day pupils.
The inspector also spoke to parents. She said: “One father summed up his feelings by saying, ‘It is a rarity to find a school interested in education, rather than just league tables and grades’.”
She said headteacher Greg Meakin, who has been at the school since 2008: “fully understands learning difficulties and is committed to the education of students with dyslexia.”
And she said: “Pupils with SEND often make rapid progress due to the excellent support they receive.”
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