Olsen House School is an independent co-educational day school for pupils aged between ten and 17 years. Pupils from diverse backgrounds come to the school because they cannot continue in mainstream education for various reasons but mainly as a result of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD).
The school can also offer educational opportunities for young people on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia.
Olsen House has places for up to 30 boys and girls, and the majority of pupils have previously experienced severe disruptions to their education. All pupils at the school have Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care plans, for a wide variety of special educational, a number have additional learning difficulties associated with communication disorders.
The school has gained the ‘Positive About Disabled’ symbol and achieved the ‘International School Award’ at intermediate level. It aims to prepare pupils for the future through a modern curriculum that meets their individual needs and provides ‘an honest environment’ where every pupil is valued and supported. Its motto is ‘life-long learning and achievement’.
Small class sizes and a curriculum tailored to individual needs ensure that all pupils maximise their opportunities for success. They enjoy access to an extensive range of imaginative learning opportunities, a wide range of qualifications and opportunities to engage in the local community for work placements.
In addition, there is a wide variety of outdoor education and sports, and an emphasis on supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Pupils also have access to an Educational Psychologist, the Connexions service, a school nurse and the full range of additional support appropriate to their individual needs.
As such, Olsen House School is a safe, creative and nurturing environment within which every pupil can succeed.
To enable pupils to maintain continuity of education our admission policy allows intake at any time. The admissions procedure involves multi-agency meetings, interviews, visits to the school, admission assessments and a phased integration into school life.