Dawn House School (I CAN)

Special needs catered for

I CANís Dawn House School is a specialist speech, language and communication school for children and young people aged 5-19 years. We are committed to the highest quality education, therapy and care for pupils with severe and/or complex speech, language and communication difficulties or Aspergerís Syndrome. At Dawn House School the pupils receive the specialist intensive support that they need. We are able to cater for a number of other difficulties which are commonly associated with communication difficulties, including learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, problems with attention and memory, motor dyspraxia, sensory difficulties, autistic spectrum diagnosis and emotional problems.

Specialist facilities

Pupilsí individual needs are assessed, and provided for by the schoolís systems for curriculum planning and assessment and IEP planning. Speech and language therapists and teachers plan lessons that meet two sets of targets - curriculum learning objectives and specific speech and/or language aims. For pupils who need more specific focused work to develop their speech and language skills, individual or small group sessions are timetabled during the school day.

Support services provided

Our school makes use of Makaton signing system to support childrenís learning. Two full time sensory integration trained Occupational Therapists and an OT assistant work within some lessons and with individual pupils on more focused, intensive work where necessary. Wellbeing Leads and Learning Mentors supports pupilsí families and is are a key link between home, and school and transition. Residential Care at Dawn House School aims to ensure the emotional and physical well-being of our boarding pupils through an extended curriculum. The school can provide opportunities for non-residential young people to benefit from extended days and overnight stays. The care staff organise a range of activities out of school hours.

General environment

The school is set in a pleasant site on the edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. It is well equipped with specialist teaching facilities including a science lab, food technology room, technology workshop, ICT suite, sports hall and indoor teaching pool for swimming.

Aims and philosophy

"At Dawn House, we provide a language-enriched environment which places great emphasis on effective collaboration between members of our multidisciplinary team who, working together with parents, ensure each pupil is prepared to take their place in society and go forwards with confidence." Angela Child, Principal.

Ofsted says

Dawn House was rated as a 'Good School' during the inspection of 2011, many aspects including the care setting, were judged to be outstanding. "Teamwork and partnerships are central to the school. Engagement with parents and carers is outstanding. They, along with a diverse range of staff within and beyond the school, work exceedingly well together to meet the needs of each pupil at the school."


Dawn House School is part of I CAN, the childrenís communication charity, (Registered Charity No: 210031) and is an integral part of the I CAN Centre in Nottinghamshire. The Centre and School offer flexi placements and holistic multi-disciplinary independent two day specialist assessments.


31 Angel Gate (Gate 5)
Goswell Road
Tel: 020 7843 2510
Email: [email protected]


Dawn House School (I CAN)
Helmsley Road,
NG21 0DQ


01623 795361


01623 491173


[email protected]@ican.org.uk





Teaching staff



Angela Child

Residential care staff


Special needs support staff


DFEE Registered number


Length of school year

39 weeks

Age range


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Type of school

Co-educational boarding and day pupils


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