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The Unicorn School for the Dyslexic Child, Oxfordshire

School Details
School Crest
20 Marcham Road,
United Kingdom,
OX14 1AA

Tel: +44 1235 530222

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Head Teacher:
Mr Andrew Day

Rowan Knowles

Accreditations and affiliations:
CReSTeD Specialist Provision (SP), BDA, DFE, UK
Religious affiliation:
No religious affiliation
Age Range & Fees
6 - 14
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Statement of needs, Interview, Report from previous school, Educational psychologist's report, Registration, This is a Special School, Trial day at school, Visit school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

None Listed

What we offer

  • French
  • Football
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Rugby
  • Adventure training
  • Sailing
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Chess
  • Shooting
  • Percussion
  • Woodwind
  • Singing
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Language and Communication Disorders
The Unicorn School is a special co-educational day school for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and speech and language difficulties aged 6 to 14 years. GCSE provision commences September 2016. We provide a nurturing environment in which every child is helped to build self-confidence, appreciate their learning difficulties and develop their own personal learning style. The school has achieved accreditation status from CReSTeD and from the children's communication charity ICAN.

Classes are small, with a maximum of 12 pupils and every child receives at least half an hour of daily individual tuition. Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists are on-site.

Educational needs are met in various ways. The primary target is to enable the pupil to attain the necessary skills and strategies to make academic progress and to achieve success in their future education. This is done by intensive, specialist teaching of reading, mathematics, writing, spelling and study skills.

The National Curriculum is appropriately differentiated for our children, with emphasis on learning through activity, discussion and multi-sensory techniques.

IT is a vital tool in our teaching methods and touch-typing is taught from the outset, this is particularly valuable for children who find the physical act of writing a struggle and yet can still produce excellently presented work. There is a computer suite, laptops available, a computer in every 1:1 room and speech recognition and other specialist educational software available.

Interested parents are assured of a warm welcome if they come to visit The Unicorn School, where they may see the school in action and discuss their child's strengths and learning difficulties.

Children come to The Unicorn School at varying stages of their education. Clearly it is best for the child to receive help as early as possible, before avoidance habits set in, but it is never too late to start. When children move on from The Unicorn School, not only have they acquired literacy skills and learning strategies to help them to go on to achieve their full academic potential, but they have also learned something else of great value - they have discovered that even if a task, such as reading or writing, seems impossibly difficult, all that is required is hard work, practice, patience and a willingness to try out different approaches to the problem, until one is found that works for that individual child.
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