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About Dorothy Goodman

Open Thinking Partnership 

Dorothy Goodman is a member of the Open Thinking Partnership. This is a Multi Academy Trust which was established from 1 August 2020 to ensure the best possible provision is in place for pupils with a diverse range of needs within the Leicestershire and wider area. 


Welcome to Dorothy Goodman School

Dorothy Goodman School is an outstanding all age (from ages 4-19years) SEN School serving the Leicester, Leicestershire & Warwickshire area with over 300 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 different sites.

We have the Primary Site, located on Stoke Road, which is for Pupils aged between 4 and 11 years old and the Secondary Site, located on Barwell Lane, which is for Pupils aged between 11 and 19 years old. We also have a vocational sixth form based at our site on Middlefield Lane.


  • In addition, there are four 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)
  • Cleveland House which is also located at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre and caters for secondary aged pupils with autistic spectrum conditions.  




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 Site - Stoke Road

         School Facilities Primary Site


Sensory Room: This room is used to help develop a range of responses from 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. 


Soft play 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 benefits many pupils with autism.


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 need access to it. It has a sound and light switch system which can change the whole atmosphere.


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


Therapy Room: This is a specialised room for individual therapy assessments and work programmes including physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and language Therapy.


Small Group Rooms: A seperate small group room is available providing additional space for classes when required and a second room know as the sparkle room is set up to enable access to larger scale messy sensory activities.


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



Refocus Room: A small room used by individuals or small groups focusing on learning about feelings and emotions. It is also used for lego clubs.


Cookery Room: Specialist cookery area.




Outside areas: An adventure playground area for younger pupils, trim trail and outdoor classroom, ball court often used as a scooter rink and allotment for pupils to use. Each classroom has immediate access to a safe outdoor classroom 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 suitable room where small groups or individuals have music lessons or music therapy.  


Sensory theatre:  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.


Large environment 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

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