I CAN’s Dawn House School received an outstanding rating from Ofsted

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A local specialist school for children with speech, language and communication needs has been awarded Outstanding by Ofsted for its residential provision.

I CAN’s Dawn House School for children with speech, language and communication needs has received the rating under the social care common inspection framework on Friday 5 January 2018.

Dawn House School in Mansfield, currently educates over 70 pupils from the East Midlands and surrounding areas with complex speech, language and communication needs aged between seven and 19.

The report from Ofsted rated the residential special school outstanding in three areas; ‘Overall experiences and progress of children and young people’, ‘How well children and young people are helped and protected’ and ‘The effectiveness of leaders and mangers’. This is an improvement from the last inspection in January 2017, where the overall judgment was deemed to be ‘good’.

The key findings from the inspection highlighted the work the school has done to improve provision for pupils across the board. The report noted, ‘Leadership and management arrangements are exceptional. The accomplished and tenacious leadership team has ensured sustained improvement.’

With reference to the residential provision, the report also stated, ‘Planning for residential care is meticulous. Plans are tailored to ensure that pupils reach their full potential. Residential staff have extensive knowledge, skills and experience. They nurture and care for pupils in a way that enables them to thrive.’


'We are delighted to have the recognition from Ofsted of the schools hard work towards ensuring that our young people enjoy their residential school life whilst also work towards developing their communication and independence skills'.

Jenny McConnell, Principal

1.4 million children (10%) in the UK have long term, persistent SLCN (or language disorder); in other words, they won’t ‘grow out of it’. The school caters for children with the more severe communication needs and provides a safe, dynamic and challenging environment to allow them to reach to their full potential.

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