Set up in 1982 by pioneer Daphne Hamilton Fairley, as a memorial to her husband, Gordon Hamilton Fairley, Fairley House School has transformed the lives of over 1000 children with Specific Learning Difficulties. Over 35 years, the school’s reputation has gone from strength to strength. The most recent inspection report concluded that the school was outstanding, stating, “in relation to pupils’ specific learning difficulties, they make outstanding progress in literacy. Although many pupils enter the school having experienced failure, and with a poor attitude, this is transformed into a positive approach and a determination to succeed. They discover the joy of learning. The strong set of basic skills which they acquire lays a firm foundation for the future”.
A Sunday Times article referred to the school as: ‘the gold standard in dyslexia'.
We know that what we do works.
Every term we take in children whose confidence is rock bottom and who do not have the underlying skills to succeed in mainstream schools. Every year we return 50 children to mainstream schooling, after an average stay of 2 to 3 years, with skills, strategies and a 'can do' attitude. Those children go on to achieve excellent GCSEs, A Levels and degrees.
We also offer an option for students to remain at Fairley House School for Key Stage Four. In this way, these students benefit from the continuation of the expert teaching and support previously only available from KS1 to KS3. These students are supported to obtain the appropriate range of qualifications at age 16 to equip them to enter further education provision.
The fees at Fairley House are high; justifiably so because of the quality of provision, small teaching groups, high levels of therapy and every teacher trained to be a specialist. The majority of the pupils are funded by their families who manage to afford the fees, often at considerable sacrifice. Many students are funded by local authorities through an Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP) process, if pupils’ attainments fall in the bottom one or two per cent. We are talking about children whose reading might be 4 or 5 years behind their actual age, depending on how old they are. However, I think wistfully of the other children, those whose attainments fall in the bottom 10% who are ‘only’ 2 or 3 years behind when they are 2 years away from secondary education at 9, and so will not be given EHCP support and whose families cannot pay the fees, no matter how much they sacrifice or struggle. How wasted will their secondary education be when they cannot read the books, or the worksheets, or the board, or put their ideas on paper? How under confident will these students feel as they take the big step of moving from primary to secondary school?
Fairley House would like to be able to offer outreach opportunities to mainstream schools so that their students may also also have access to the specialist input available to students attending Fairley House School.
The programme is designed to:
- Offer training and support to mainstream schools so that they can identify those students who have Specific Learning Difficulties.
- Identify and diagnose students who are struggling to read but, because they are 'not bad enough', are unable to access assessment by the local authority.
- Provide assessment reports from Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists, which identify areas of strength and difficulty, and outline strategies and techniques to maximise learning.
- Support these students, their families and the schools to achieve an EHCP to support them throughout their education.
- Provide consultation, training and input to mainstream school staff from OTs, SLTs, EPs as well as Specialist Teachers, so that more students with SpLD can benefit from the expertise and innovative approach to teaching that Fairley House offers.
- Advise on creative and inventive teaching strategies to target the needs of the children with SpLD, which will also benefit other children within the class.
Fairley House could contribute to transforming their experience of education in the same way it has a thousand others. It could open up their life chances by supporting the teaching of literacy, to be confident, to reach their academic achievement and to see their dyslexia of a gift instead of a curse.
If you feel a connection with Fairley House and understand the magical and transforming effect it can have on a child’s future, perhaps you would like to make a donation towards the bursary fund to help more students benefit from the 'magic' that is Fairley House School.
Fairley House is a recognised UK charity, registered number 281680. The Board of Governors is made up of former parents and education experts. They agree school policy; support the school’s vision for the future. Contributions to Fairley House may provide tax benefits to UK taxpayers.
Gift Aid is the UK government’s program to encourage gifts to charities. Any UK taxpayer making a donation to Fairley House will see his/her donation increase by 28% by signing a Gift Aid declaration
Does the company you work for have a fund matching policy- some companies will match up to 100% of your donation. Corporate support can make a significant difference to Fairley House
Please make your contribution to Fairley House School and forward this to the Bursar, Fairley House, 30 Causton Street, London SW1P 4AU. Gift Aid forms are available from the office firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 976 5456
…………..and all of a sudden nothing is impossible
Bursary and Outreach Development Officer