About Us

We pride ourselves on the relationships we form with parent(s)/ carer(s) and appreciate the value this has on the quality of our educational provision. Each pupil within Eton Dorney School is assigned a key person who works closely with the pupils, parent(s)/carer(s) and other professionals to provide a wraparound approach to the progress and outcomes of the child.

Eton Dorney School offers a broad and balanced education following the National Curriculum at all key stages along with rural skills and outdoor education. Our curriculum has intent, implementation & impactful and our progress is reflective of this. Students are provided with the opportunity to access GCSE’s and other vocational qualifications at KS4. All of our students have an individualised education plan which are pupil centred to include both parent and carer voice. They are well planned and consider the full pupil and their progressive journey.

Our staff team is highly qualified and experienced in Special Education Needs provision with a high staff to student ratio, this allows for individualised differentiation and the implementation of effective interventions which target specific areas of difficulty.

Individualised Learning Plans are created for all students with input from the school’s specialist therapists. These plans include strategies to enable students to manage their anxieties; to regulate their emotional responses; and to reduce or eliminate negative and inappropriate behaviours which are preventing effective learning and positive social interactions.

Eton Dorney School is a member of NaSS and Living Autism as well as local partnership groups. Its aim is to work in cooperation to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to young people and teachers across the local area. Staff at Eton Dorney maintain a high profile within the Network through outreach and provision of school-based training opportunities. One local authority has also commissioned Eton Dorney to provide an outreach service support of pupils with autism.

The staff and governance have high aspirations for our children and aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement. Students are taught in small groups, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance. There is a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them.

The school has an excellent reputation amongst parents and the local community. The quality of education on offer in a caring environment provides a positive choice for parents and young people. Eton Dorney is committed to a strong partnership between home and school reflected in our home –school agreement policy, in order that pupils achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.

Key features of Eton Dorney

  • Day for boys and girls aged 8 to 18.
  • 38 week placements.
  • Small class groups with high staff to student ratios.
  • Sensory room and quiet areas / safe spaces.
  • Highly personalised programmes of learning bespoke for individual needs.
  • Access to Clinical Psychology and independent therapists.
  • Speech, Language and Communication Therapy.
  • Access to the full National Curriculum as well as a range of GCSEs and other accredited courses.
  • Staff-supported college placements, vocational courses, work-related learning opportunities and the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince’s Trust Awards.
  • Enriched curriculum.
  • Transport can be provided for day students on established routes (subject to the student maintaining safe and appropriate behaviour.)
Eton Dorney Therapeutic School