Schools for Dyslexia in the United Kingdom
Below is a list of U.K. private schools that cater to dyslexic students.
some cases the schools are dedicated to dyslexic students in
particular, in others they accommodate students with a broader range of
learning disabilities including ADHD/ADD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and others.
The lists of schools here were drawn from the 2013 registry of the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD).The Registry is a great resource for parents.
schools listed in the first table (List A) fall into their 'Dyslexia
Specialist Provision' (DSP) Schools category. This means that the school
was established primarily to teach students with dyslexia.
listed in the second table (List B) fall into their Specialist
Provision (SPS) category. This means the school was established to teach
dyslexic students and others students with associated learning disabilities.
The lists are always a work in progress. If you aware of other schools which do not appear in the CReSTeD directory but should be listed here, please contact us and we will
appear in the lists below a school must explicitly include dyslexia
or reading disabilities among the learning disabilities the school accommodates in their
curriculum and teaching methods though this does not mean the methods
used by any particular school are evidence based or proven to work
- The appearance of a school in our list is not an endorsement of the school by the Dyslexia Reading Well
all of schools included here are dedicated to
dyslexic students and may not agree with the label 'school for
dyslexia'. Some schools serve students with
learning disabilities more broadly.
List A: Schools established specifically for Dyslexic students
|County/District||City ||School ||Grades|
Holme Court School||Ages 8-16|
Chiltern Tutorial School||Ages 7-12|
|London||London||Fairley House School||Ages 5-14|
|London||London||The Dominie||Ages 6-12|
|London||London||The Moat School||Ages 11-16|
|Northumberland||Near Morpeth||Nunnykirk Centre for Dyslexia||Ages 9-18|
|Oxfordshire||Abingdon||Unicorn School||Ages 6-13|
|Somerset||Highbridge||Mark College||Ages 10-19|
|Somerset||Shapwick||Shapwick School||Ages 8-18|
|Surrey||Pirbright||Knowl Hill School||Ages 7-16|
|Surrey||Near Reigate||Moon Hall College and Burys Court||Ages 3-16|
|Surrey||Dorking||Moon Hall School||Ages 7-11|
|Sussex||Near Northiam||Frewen College||Ages 7-19|
|Wiltshire||Near Bristol||Calder House School||Ages 5-13|
List B: Schools established for dyslexic students and those with other associated difficulties
|County/District||City ||School ||Ages|
|London||London||Abingdon House School||Ages 5-13|
|Wiltshire||Near Shrewton||Appleford School||Ages 7-16|
|London||London||Blossom House School||Ages 3-19|
|Kent||Chelsfield near Orpington||Brown's School||Ages 6-13|
|London||London||Centre Academy||Ages 10-19|
|Suffolk||Near Ipswich||Centre Academy - East Anglia||Ages 8-18|
|Surrey||Farnham||More House School||Ages 10-17|
|Sussex||Near Lewes||Northease Manor School||Ages 9-19|
|Wales||Near Llandudno||St. David's College||Ages 10-19|
|Kent||Rochester||Trinity School ||Ages 6-18+|
Questions to Ask Prospective Schools
Deciding among private schools for dyslexia is a big decision. Be sure
to seek as much information as possible to inform your choice. Our
assessments of schools are based on their curriculum, methods, mission,
reputation and anecdotal evidence from past students, parents and
visitors to our site like you. Here are some questions to ask during
your visit to the school:
- What kind of students do you cater to?
dyslexics may be best, but don't be put off if they accommodate other
learning disabilities. In order to survive, most private schools, even
niche schools, have to be somewhat flexible in their mission and
- What curriculum and methods do you use? Do you use them in all courses or just in language arts and reading?
Is it multisensory, systematic, based on the Orton-Gillingham
approach and include teaching phonemes, comprehension, fluency and spelling?
- What kind of individualized education plan do you prepare for students?
schools for dyslexia will prepare a detailed plan for each student. Ask
to see a sample, or better yet a draft plan for your child.
- What is the cost of enrollment and what exactly does it include? Books? Meals? Extracurricular Activities? Music?
Some are boarding schools for dyslexia, so prices will vary accordingly.
- Is there a parent's association or parent council for the school that can be contacted for advice?
of previous students are your best bet for getting the real story about
the school. If there is a parent body that liaises with the school
administration, get in touch with the chair person, you may want to
consider joining if you have the time!
- Has your school been independently reviewed/assessed by private or public organizations?
parents of previous students, your best bet for information on the
school would be independent assessments or reviews. Ask if the school
has been evaluated or audited by a third party.
- What is your approach to discipline and behavioural problems? How do you combat bullying, drugs etc?
Better private schools for dyslexia have programs to ensure every student has a positive experience.
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