Moor House School & College
Mill Lane, Hurst Green, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9AQ
Coeducational Day & Residential
|Special Needs||ASP, DYSL, DYSP, SLD, SPLI, SpeechLD|
|Principal||Mrs H A Middleton|
|Co-ed Age Range||7-19|
|Number of pupils||129|
|Average Class Size||8-12|
Our vision is of a society where speech and language disabilities do not prevent a young person from achieving his or her learning and communication potential, building an independent life and contributing positively to society.
“Quality of teaching: Outstanding” – Ofsted 2014
Moor House is a non-maintained Special Needs School and College, a registered charity and a world class centre of excellence, providing specialist education, therapy and residential care for children and young people aged 7-19 with language and related communication difficulties.
The School provides a nurturing environment where the holistic educational needs of each individual child can be met. Our core service is to provide integrated teaching, therapy and residential care services for students with the most complex and severe speech and language impairments. One-to-one assessments, small class sizes, highly specific and bespoke therapy, and an extended curriculum in a therapeutic environment, not only enable children and young people to attain their highest educational and communication potential whilst at Moor House, but also develop much higher levels of independent living skills, self-expression, and self-esteem for the rest of their lives.
At the time of its establishment in 1947, Moor House was the only school of its type in the UK that offered a pioneering range of specialised therapeutic and educational techniques for children with severe speech and language disorders, and many techniques currently used, both in this country and abroad, originated at Moor House School & College. Innovative work in many areas of speech and language therapy and in teaching methods continues to place the School & College at the forefront of research, development and practice in the education of children and young people with communication disorders.
Students are taught in small classes by teachers with experience working with children and young people with language difficulties. Adapted language and specialist visual approaches are used so that children can understand and develop the language that they need for learning.
Speech and language therapists work closely with teachers to understand and support each child’s difficulties and strengths. Teachers plan and deliver lessons collaboratively with speech and language therapists, and work together to help students develop curriculum language.
An adapted National Curriculum is taught at Moor House and learning is tailored to the students’ strengths while helping them with areas of difficulty, and there is a particular emphasis on development of language, literacy, life and social skills.
Progress and Qualifications
Our results show that overall our students make excellent progress. Many students take GCSE qualifications, which we offer in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Fine Art and Ceramics. We also offer Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths, vocational qualifications such as Home Cooking Skills at Levels 1 and 2, the AQA Unit Award Scheme in Science, and Entry Level qualifications in subjects such as English, Maths, ICT, DT and Music.
The College’s objective is to support each student to gain vocational qualifications, make confident and appropriate life choices and to be prepared for the next stage of their adult life.
Outcomes for students in the sixth form provision are outstanding with many achieving level 2 and 3 vocational qualifications.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapy is an essential part of a student’s week at Moor House and is integrated throughout their day. The speech and language therapists work with students individually, in groups, as well as in the classroom where lessons such as English are jointly planned and delivered.
Each therapist has a small caseload of students. The intensive therapy programme may focus on learning skills, developing strategies to communicate, as well as supporting the student to understand their own strengths and difficulties. Skills for talking in everyday situations, language for lessons, social skills, friendship skills and independence skills are all key parts of a student’s programme.
At Moor House, we use specialist methods where appropriate such as Electropalatography (EPG), Shape Coding by Susan Ebbels ® and signing. The department strives to keep up to date with new research and the team is continually developing therapy methods.
At Moor House, Occupational Therapy (OT) is provided to help students with important skills needed in everyday life to maximise potential for learning and independence. These include fine and gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, alertness and sensory processing skills, as well as organisational skills and independence and life skills. OTs work on these skills to help students at Moor House to develop their independence in activities of daily living such as handwriting, touch typing, doing up a tie or shoe laces, travel or cooking skills. Strategies are provided to develop sensory processing in lessons to manage and improve attention control.
Moor House School & College has a team of OTs and a fully equipped OT suite which includes sensory integration equipment.
Our Residential Care has been classed as Outstanding by Ofsted in each of the last five years, and recent developments have seen the creation of a home from home residential village on campus. The Care team work to provide our students with a homely environment whilst they stay with us. The team also works closely with the teaching and therapy staff to ensure that each child receives the support needed.
Moor House pioneering Research and Development
Our speech and language therapists are engaged in cutting edge research in all areas of speech and language disabilities. We work with Universities and share methods developed at Moor House with other therapists through journals and presentations. Moor House is deservedly held in high regard by academics and specialists in the field. For a list of pioneering and authentic research undertaken by our researchers, please see www.moorhouseschool.co.uk/research.
Moor House Training and Information for the wider community
The professional team of speech and language teachers, therapists and researchers at Moor House also provides a range of outreach, information and training services in speech and language disorders for parents and the wider community.