Great afternoon at the Chiltern Tutorial School in Otterbourne. Wow! What an impressive school providing superb tuition for SpLD pupils aged 7-13yrs. I met some of the pupils who then took part in the presentation. They were engaging, enthusiastic and incredibly polite, lovely young people. This school is clearly doing some great work. If your child is struggling in mainstream school and you are looking at alternatives, this is definitely worth investigating. Thank you so much Jane Gaudie for the invite.
Read what parents have to say about our school.
"Our son had reached the point of ‘ shutting down’ in his previous school as he hated having the spelling of every word corrected as he tried to write a story. Chiltern have turned him around - he is happy and confident and is willing to write a composition. The spelling may be unusual but he is developing his writing and his spelling is improving."
"Everything about this school is about the individual child – not attaining some result or producing immaculate pieces to put up on the wall for parents to read"
"The teachers are warm and approachable, and have the patience and understanding to support each child's needs. The mixed age group (7-11) enables the children to focus on their own individual goals rather than compare themselves to their peers, which I think is good for their self-esteem. It's a lovely little school!"
'My grandson has only spent one and a half terms at Chiltern, but his progress in these few weeks has been impressive. Assessments show that he has already made considerable progress in his essential skills such as reading, writing and numbers. The way he is being taught obviously suits him, as he is very happy to go to school, and is so proud when he does well. His speech is clearer, he's constructing better sentences and for the first time in his life seems to understand and enjoy reading his books.'
"After being at Chiltern Tutorial school for just one week, my son settled in extremely well and seemed excited about school for the first time. When asked how he felt about his new school he replied 'I feel at home there'."
"Chiltern Tutorial School provides a passionate, personal and caring learning environment for children with dyslexia. As parents of a moderate dyslexic who was struggling in mainstream school, the teachers at Chiltern have transformed his literacy, interest to read and self-confidence in the classroom, whilst continuing to build on his strengths in other subjects. Our son attended Years 4, 5 and 6 at Chiltern, following which he was well equipped for the return to mainstream education. We will never forget the Head Teachers words "It's not how you start the race...but how you finish it" -we feel Chiltern has given our son the chance to compete. Thank-you Chiltern!"
"My son was struggling and rapidly losing confidence at his previous school. Within just a few weeks of joining Chiltern he was a changed child more confident and enthusiastic about learning. Having now been at the school for over two years I have been delighted with his progress."
Now the children have their say about dyslexia...
“Dyslexia is like a person. It’s your best friend and your worst enemy all at the same time.”
“You just have it all in your head but just can’t get it out. It’s so annoying.”
“Small classes, teachers help you, home reading.”
“I like to use word on the computer because it helps me correct my spelling.”
“You’re having troubles with both maths and English but you actually only have problems with reading.”
“A lot of teachers don’t really understand it.”
“Being dyslexic is sometimes good and sometimes bad.”
“You need help to understand.”
“Good side of things is that you are good at other things. But like I’m good at Maths but reading gets in the way. I can do the sums.”
“I like to write quickly as my memory is not so good.”
“They just expected you to be able to read and write. They didn’t actually help you learn how to read.”
“Sometimes felt really stupid.”
“At the end of the lesson, I just got no help.”
“I felt a bit silly when we all had to read a sentence out in groups with the teacher and got a bit embarrassed especially in big groups with your friends.”
“If felt like the teacher was picking on me because they were telling me all the words I was getting wrong.”
“Exam week, that would be the worst week ever, I wouldn’t even bother trying.”
“At my old school I never knew I was dyslexic, I always thought I didn’t get the sums. In year 3 we did some work about Winchester and went on a trip. I thought it was really fun but then the next day at school we had to make a book. My teacher didn’t give me any help and it ruined the whole trip.”
“I pretended to be ill in my old school, if we had to go to the library I was ill each day we had that, I didn’t want to go in that day.”
“Learning is good here.”
“My mum’s friend, she gave me some hexagon blocks with lines on them and I had to find the next one to make a pattern. This took me five minutes. Then she told me to draw some stuff and asked what I found hard. Then she told my parents I had dyslexia.”
“My parents employed another teacher to come and teach me for an hour a week in my school . She always thought I was dyslexic but did a test just to make sure.”
“Well I didn’t really have a clue what it was. My mum told me and my teacher.”
“My mum and dad and one of my sisters has dyslexia so they thought I had it.”
“I thought it was like a dumb disease.”
“When I found out I felt much better so people knew what was wrong with me.”
“Some people say it’s an excuse, like if I had a horrible day, I always blamed it on my dyslexia.”
“Some of the cleverest people have it.”
“I don’t think it can hold you back.”
“I like it.”
“Most dyslexic people are good at other stuff like horseriding and art.”
“There are famous people with it, like Winston Churchill.”
“It makes me unique.”
“If they took the label away I would feel angry because then nobody would believe I had trouble reading.”
“I’d feel stupid, dumb and really upset because I wouldn’t know what was wrong with me.”
“When you are told you have dyslexia, you feel like you’re not stupid and that other people around you in the world have the same thing.”
“We learn in different ways to others, what I like is we aren’t all the same.”