What We Offer

We have children with a range of needs working at age expected levels, below and above. We support the children in various ways to target their area of need. Areas of need may include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, High Functioning Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, General Learning Delay and Mild ADD. Many children have an undiagnosed difficulty, some just need some confidence building. All of our children benefit from our nurturing environment and the care and attention we are able to provide.

The following strategies are practised at our school:

For children with Dyslexia or literacy difficulties

  • offering concise instructions with prompts
  • use of simple sentences
  • teaching of active listening skills
  • word finding activities
  • use of mind maps
  • speaking and listening practise
  • focus on vocabulary skills
  • Coloured overlays for Dyslexic children
  • Cream paper
  • Dyslexia friendly font
  • Dyslexia friendly exercise books
  • pre teaching
  • use of visual and physical prompts
  • Dyslexia Screening is offered (see fees page)

For Children with Dyspraxia

  • Sensory Circuits (A gross motor skills programme set by The Occupational therapist)
  • Clever Fingers
  • Core stability cushions
  • Sloping desks
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills classes
  • Pencil grips

For Children with Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties

  • Numicon – for more info see website
  • Number lines for each child
  • Number cards
  • Concrete apparatus

For Children with Confidence, Self Esteem or Social Difficulties

  • Social communication skills classes
  • Peer activities
  • Animal & pet therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Use of Restorative Practice programme

We can also provide 11+ practice if you wish your child to be entered into the exam for a Grammar School. Year 6 children have continued on to a mix of Mainstream State Schools, Grammar Schools, and Mainstream Independent Schools.

See Fees Page for details on Personalised Learning Classes which are included in the termly fees.

See Fees Page for details on Therapies which can be provided on site.

What our parents say about us...

“After searching high and low to try and source an appropriate education for our son, Birtley House has come to the rescue. Our son has turned from being constantly unhappy and inappropriately challenged to a child who wants to be at school and wants to learn. His life has changed. This school has the right ethos, right attitude and the right resources to provide our son with the education he deserves to start him off in life on the right footing. Thank you so much Birtley House.”