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Welcome to Dorothy Goodman School

Dorothy Goodman School is an outstanding all age (3 to 19 years) special school serving the Leicester, Leicestershire & warwickshire area with 280 pupils on roll. Our pupils have a wide variety of special educational needs and disabilities including pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning difficulties, moderate difficulties and those with Autism. Some pupils also have social, emotional and mental health difficulties associated with their learning difficulties.


In recognition of the diversity of our pupils our curriculum is offered across six sites. Two main sites – the secondary school for pupils aged 11-19 years and the primary school for pupils aged between 3 – 11 years.. In addition there are three inclusive satellite bases located on the sites of local mainstream schools: Richmond Primary School (KS 1/2), Redmoor Academy (KS 3), Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre (KS 4/5) and we currently have two classes who access our base at Hinckley and Warwickshire College (KS 4/5) one day per week. 




A Day in the life of Early Years & Key Stage 1

A Day in the Life of Key Stage 2

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Primary School

         School Facilities Lower School

The School now operates on five sites, and has a number of specialist facilities, as follows:


Lower School  (3 – 14 year old pupils)


Sensory Room: This room is used to help develop a range of responses form pupils. It is also used to teach children how to use switches to make things happen. The room can be used to set up different environments and different levels of control. It is a great facility for developing pupils' awareness of cause and effect and their communication. 


Softplay Room: 

This room is particularly suited to younger pupils and helps their motor co-ordination enormously. It contains all kinds of modules, including a Ball Pool, which is a great favourite. Softplay can also be used for the intensive interaction work which many pupils with autism need.





Individual Work Rooms: All classes have their own individual work room.


 Medical Room: This is available to pupils as required.


Hydrotherapy Pool:  An excellent facility, available to all pupils of the school who ne
ed to access it. Has a Sound and Light Switch system.








Music Pod: Used both for Music Lessons and for Music interaction/intervention


Therapy Room: Specialised room for individual therapy assessments and work programmes:  Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy;  Speech Therapy.


Library: Equipped with a full range of books – fiction, non-fiction and other reading materials.




Cookery Room: Specialist cookery area.



Secondary School

School Facilities Upper School Site


Upper School  (11 – 19 year old students)


Overall this site has a more grown-up ethos, and the furnishings etc. are much more appropriate to this age group. There are 9 main classroom bases and a range of specialist rooms.


Specialist rooms

Music room: A room suitable where small groups or individuals have music lessons or music therapy.  


Sensory:  A designated room with ceiling hoist where a whole atmosphere and environment can be created to help pupils develop use of environmental controls and communication.


​​​​​​​Larger room: This is another flexible space which can be used to create a range of interactive learning experiences. We also use this space for yoga. 


Hall: Large hall which can be split into 2 used for PE, sports and at lunch time.


Fitness suite: Room 1 A space waiting for the installation of gym equipment; Room 2 a smaller space used by small groups, therapists for fitness or individual therapy. 


Cookery Room:  A key area for older pupils, and a room that is used to promote vital life skills.


Science Room:  versatile room for students to practice investigation skills and learn science.


Art Room: beautiful light room for promoting creativity with our students with an adjoining courtyard.


Individual/small group room: We have workrooms that can be used by individual pupils or by small groups to work at specific aspects of their individual education plan.


Library:  Equipped with a range of books more suited to older learners, including fiction, non-fiction,  books and magazines as well as other reading materials.


Medical Room: This is available to pupils as required.            


Middlefield Lane site: This site also has a cookery room and variety of learning spaces. One is our designated workshop for DIY and multiskills. Students are taught how to use equipment safely to complete a range of projects including painting, decorating, wallpapering and woodwork projects as well as learn practical life/work skills.

The Bungalow: This is situated on Ashby Road and is particularly suitable for students to work at life skills such as cooking, household tasks, gardening etc.


School Minibus:  Available for curriculum outings and residential trips.






A Day in the Life of Key Stage 5

Dorothy Goodman School

Company Number:  8071851

Registered Address:  Stoke Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0EA

Registered in England and Wales