More House School

By the Numbers

Established

1939


Ages Taught

8-18


Tuition 2012-13

£11-25K


Student/Teacher Ratio

NA


Enrollment

360


Mission / Vision - In Their Words 

Mission: We the members of this community aim: 

  • to recognise each other as God's special creation and treat everyone with love and respect.
  • to recognise the individual needs of each pupil and to support his full development spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically and socially and challenge him to achieve and to recognise his achievements.
  • to encourage self-respect, confidence and respect for each other so that all may appreciate the unique worth of one another and be able to make a contribution to the life of the school as a whole.
  • to encourage initiative and to support and develop in each pupil a sense of personal responsibility, self-discipline and citizenship.
  • to develop the pupils' awareness of themselves as members of the school with a commitment to its values.
  • to provide an environment of learning that will encourage the intellectual development of each pupil with a curriculum that is both demanding and supportive of each pupil's needs and develop him as an independent learner.
  • to encourage cultural awareness through Art, Music, Drama and the other arts.
  • to offer a wide opportunity for sports, both team and individual, and to offer other challenging outdoor activities.
  • to encourage an awareness, concern and active commitment to the needs of the wider community beyond the school and of the planet and develop an understanding of other cultures.
  • to work in close partnership with parents, recognising our shared responsibility for their children.
  • to maintain and develop the traditions and practices of More House as a Catholic Independent school.
  • to support each other as we work together to achieve the aims outlined above.

Vision: Our aim is to help each boy who joins us, achieve, in the widest possible sense, more than he, or his parents, ever expected. This is accomplished by knowing a great deal about each student – his strengths as well as his difficulties. For his strengths, he must first be helped to identify them and, eventually, change them into a marketable form. His difficulties will not be static. We are mindful that we must be alert to changes caused by a students’ own development, those of society and by the curriculum and make sure that each of our students is equipped to meet them.

How They Accommodate Dyslexia - What We Found

Target Students: More House School is an all boys school that caters to 8 to 18 year olds who have language based learning difficulties including, but not limited to, dyslexia.

Dyslexia Accommodation: Each student has their own individually designed learning program.  Remedial support at the school is provided throughout its lower level classes.  Students are required to attend 2 to 8 half hour remedial sessions, at the Learning Development Center where "therapy is delivered to small groups of 2 to 4 students by 22 staff members"   Remediation may continue through GCSE and A levels if required.  The school's most recent Ofsted report gave the school outstanding reviews with respect to student achievement, behavior and personal development and quality of teaching.

Teacher Training: Teachers at the school participate in continued professional development for them selves as well as giving seminars for other professionals, teachers in training and SENCos.  The school is also partnered with universities for research regarding Specific Learning Difficulties in addition to conducting its own longitudinal study on students' outcomes 6 years after attending More House. 

Student Teacher Ratio: Small class sizes (unspecified)

Assistive Technology: NA

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available but no further details are available.

More House School
  DRW Scorecard
2013-2014

Target Students / Mission: 4/4

Dyslexia Accommodation: 4/4

Teacher Training: 4/4

Student Teacher Ratio: NA/4

Assistive Technology: NA/4

Financial Support: NA/4

DRW Scorecard

Important Notes

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.

Based on information available to us, we have scored the school in six areas of importance to prospective parents and students.

Final Thoughts

More House School touts itself as the largest language resource in the country where other teachers and SENCOs come to learn from their experience.  The school continues to partner with universities to study the efficacy of different teaching strategies.  What pleased us the most here at DRW is the school's own longitudinal study following up on over 200 students and measuring their level of academic and employment success up to 6 years after leaving the school.  This is evidence of the school tracking the efficacy of its own programs while continuously striving for improvements in those same programs.  The 2013 Ofsted report rated the school outstanding.

DRW Scoring Grid



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