By the Numbers
Mission: "Within a friendly, caring environment, Holme Court pupils are encouraged to develop the social responsibility and independence of thought that will equip them for the challenges of a changing world.
Everyone has talent; we aim to provide the opportunity for each individual to excel so that self-esteem can be enhanced.
At Holme Court School we value:
At Holme Court School we will provide:
Vision: Though the school did not have a formal Vision statement it does have an "Aims" statement that reads: "The school aims to become a thriving, happy special school for dyslexic children, offering intensive education for up to 30 day pupils aged between 7 and 16. We aim to research the best methods of identifying dyslexia, of preventing it and remedying or overcoming it, in collaboration with a respected university research department."
Target Students: The school caters to students with dyslexia and associated difficulties.
Dyslexia Accommodation: A highly structured, cumulative and multi sensory approach to teaching is used throughout the school, with more emphasis on the basic skills of English and Mathematics and a ‘lighter touch’ on other subjects.
In describing its curriculum the school refers to a number of programs and resources that they do not elaborate on, sometimes using confusing acronyms that are not defined. Below we list these resources and our findings upon looking into them.
Teacher Training: Regarding its instructors, the school quotes the Government's 2011 Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) report: “Key strengths include good subject knowledge and excellent knowledge of methods for teaching pupils with dyslexia." The Ofsted report also notes that the school offers outstanding training opportunities for all staff, in the latest developments in dyslexia, provided by the head teacher.
But despite these glowing reviews, the basic qualifications of the teachers is not made clear in the report or on the school's website.
Student Teacher Ratio: 7:1 with some 1:1 tutoring by a 'qualified' dyslexia tutor.
Assistive Technology: Details on assistive tech use are few, but it is noted on the school website that assistive technology skills and knowledge are promoted throughout the
school curriculum to help pupils’ develop their independence and work at
The only Ofsted report (2011) recommendation for the school was "Extend the resources of specialist technologies to further support learning and progress for pupils with dyslexia"
Financial Aid: No information on financial assistance for parents was found.
Based on information available to us, we have scored the school in six areas of importance to prospective parents and students.
1) Given the limitations of information available to us, the scores
may not accurately represent the school. School administrators or informed
parents and students are welcome to contact us with additional
information and we will update the scorecard accordingly.
2) Scoring is based on specific dyslexic student needs, not on an absolute scale of school quality.
The Holme Court School looks like a good school for dyslexic children. Their website lacks some details on the specifics of their dyslexia accommodations and teacher training, but this may simply be an oversight. The school was otherwise well reviewed by Ofsted.
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