St Dominic's is a non-maintained, co-educational weekly boarding and day, special needs school for pupils aged from 8 to 19. It is one of the oldest special schools in the country, and its provision is well-respected. The school has achieved Autism Accreditation with the National Autistic Society, and offers Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration, delivered by an in-house team of qualified professionals. It has purpose-built medical facilities where nursing cover is provided on a daily basis by qualified staff. All children are valued here, and we strive to achieve personal growth in a happy, secure, caring community which recognises the importance of meeting individual needs within an effective learning environment, firmly based on Christian values. St Dominic's accepts children of all denominations and faiths.
The School stands in 56 acres of wooded grounds on a beautiful elevated site, with ample space for recreational activities. We offer an excellent all-round education and all children follow a broad and balanced curriculum which is appropriately differentiated. Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) match the requirements of both the National Curriculum and pupils' statements.
Residentially, emphasis is placed on the creation of a warm, friendly and supportive environment in which an individual's confidence can be developed. The Care Team promote a sense of security, friendship and participation. Staff focus on PLPs with pupils and parents as a result of statements and targets set at Annual Reviews. Close channels of communication between school and home are excellent and seen as essential.
Careers education and guidance are available to all pupils as part of the curriculum. A work experience placement is a well-established component of the provision and we have links with Guildford and Merrist Wood Colleges to experience taster days at college. St Dominics have a work related learning co-ordinator and mentor who provides advice for all pupils and arrange contacts with local Careers Advisors.
Applications are normally made through the Local Education Authority in whose area the family reside. Currently pupils are admitted from over 14 different LAs. Informal enquiries and visits from parents by prior arrangement are always welcome. Representatives from professional disciplines are also encouraged to visit.