Dove House is run by a trust - The Dove House School Academy Trust - which in effect is the school's governing body.

As an academy we're not directly responsible to the local education authority, and unlike some other academies, we're not sponsored by another school or organisation. But Hampshire County Council does have the final say over which children can come to Dove House.

So what is the difference between Dove House and other Hampshire special education schools? One of the main differences is that, as an academy, Dove House can decide on its own priorities, so we're better able to meet the special educational needs of children with learning difficulties within the communities we serve.

But regardless of our structure, it's important to bear in mind that all schools are different, and the label does not make the school.