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Educational Aims


Children with dyslexia have difficulty in reading, writing, spelling and sometimes numeracy. They often experience difficulties with time concepts, spatial awareness, physical co-ordination, organisation and social interaction. Without specialist help many dyslexic children fall rapidly behind their peer group; they under-achieve and their prospects in life are severely impaired.

Unsuccessful experiences and results in mainstream schools often mean that a specialist intensive learning environment is the best setting. At The Moat School, we recognise that SpLD learners often face great difficulties closing the gap between their potential and their performance. Therefore, every aspect of the education provided is designed to support pupils whilst they meet the challenge of bridging this gap.

Our aim is that each pupil will:

  • realise their full intellectual and academic potential

  • develop and nurture self-esteem, skills and natural abilities

  • motivate pupils towards independence in learning and everyday life

  • take public examinations and prepare them for further and higher education or vocational training.

To support these aims the Moat School offers:

  • A whole-school approach to learning for pupils aged 9 to 16 years (year groups 5–11)

  • Specialist teaching with highly-trained staff

  • Structured and individual learning programmes

  • Class sizes based on 10 pupils with individual and smaller group teaching as necessary

  • Development of organisational and study skills, and advanced use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

  • The National Curriculum and GCSE qualifications

  • A wide range of sporting and extra-curricular activities.