How is it organised?
Dove House is run as a secondary school with a six period day with lessons being double period length. Every child is placed in a tutor group. The tutor is responsible for each child in their tutor group. This includes pupil wellbeing, liaising with parents and preparing reports and annual reviews. There is also an individual needs tutor programme, which covers autism, emotional literacy and basic skills. The different elements of this programme are targeted at the specific needs of each pupil.
How are the children taught?
For many lessons children are taught in groups based on ability within their own year group.
Which Key Stage 3 subjects are available?
* Digital Technology
* Art and Design
* Resistant Materials - working with wood, metal, plastics
* Humanities: History, Geography, R.E
* Performing Arts and Dance
* Food Technology
* Personal Challenge - focusing on individual targets through a range
of activities including riding a bike etc.
Which Key Stage 4 subjects are available?
* Creative and Digital Technologies
* Art and Design
* Resistant Materials
* Performing Arts
* Horticulture (Sparsholt)
* Vocational Studies
* Food Technology
The subjects are offered at different levels to suit the individual pupil's need and ability; these include GCSE, Btec at Level 1 and 2, Cambridge National at Level 1 or 2, City and Guilds at Level 1 and Entry level qualifications.
All pupils also undertake a two week Work Experience with a local employer.
Do the children make option choices for Key Stage 4?
Yes a selection of the above subjects will be taken alongside a core subject programme at Key Stage 4 and each pupil chooses a pathway which is designed to lead them into life after school. These 3 pathways are:
* Foundation Pathway - for those pupils who willl require support
through most of their lives.
* Vocational Pathway - for those pupils who would benefit from a
practical work based career ready for entry to the world of work.
* Academic Pathway - for those pupils who wish to follow an academic
college based route.
Does the school offer accreditation?
Yes, the children can gain nationally accepted accreditation for everything that they have achieved. This includes GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level, City and Guilds and National Open College Network qualifications, depending on each child's individual needs.
How would the school cater for my autistic child?
Over 40% of our pupils are on the autistic spectrum, so the school is very autism orientated, with the majority of the staff having an additional qualification in teaching children with autism. For the more autistic pupils we have the Learning Support Base, which provides a specialist resource. There is also a specialist tutor group for the more able autistic children in each year.
How would the school cater for my child with dyslexia?
As a school with a large number of children with literacy difficulties, the school is very dyslexia friendly. The school offers specialist provision for children with dyslexia. Pupils are withdrawn for two sessions each week to work individually with specialist teachers.
Does the school have Speech and Language Therapy?
Yes, the school commissions a senior speech therapist one day per week. They work with one of our full time qualified speech and language assistants to provide individual programmes for all children who need it.
Does the school have an Occupational Therapist?
Yes, the school employs a qualified occupational therapist two days per week. She works with a full time assistant to provide and deliver individual programmes for all those children who need it.
Does the school offer a Life Skills course?
Yes. All pupils take part in a Life Skills course as part of their core curriculum. This is a highly practical course which is designed to give every child the skills they need for independent living when they leave school.
Do the children get homework?
Yes, but not as much as in a mainstream school. Most importantly, homework is not compulsory and no child is ever punished for not doing their homework.
How big are the classes?
Generally lessons and tutor groups are made up of 8-10 pupils, usually with one teacher and a support assistant.
What are the facilities like?
We are very well resourced.
The school has excellent facilities including:
* a full size sports hall and fitness suite
* outdoor sports facilities including an all-weather pitch
* a performance area and cinema
* computers in each subject area/classroom available for each child.
Does the school offer clubs and off-site activities?
After school clubs are available, including a diverse range of sporting activities, fishing, football, cinema, I.T. and many others. We also run Easter and summer holiday sports camps.
Do the children ever go away for residential experiences?
Yes, some examples are Calshot Activity Centre, the Privett Centre and history trips to the Battlefields.