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East Court School
Victoria Parade, CT11 8ED, UK Ramsgate
+44 (0)1843 592077

About our School

East Court was founded as a school for dyslexic boys and girls in 1983 and has since grown to gain national and international acclaim.

Student by fireplaceWe are a residential school for seven to thirteen year old children. Weekly and full-boarding facilities are available. Day school places are open to children living within a reasonable distance of the school.

One of the major advantages for dyslexic children at East Court is that we alleviate, on a continuing basis, all of the negative reactions to schooling that dyslexic children often have from previous educational failures.

East Court has a lively, child-centred atmosphere. We have planned our school to be a real second home to our children, a place of happiness in which young people can flourish. We have homely, brightly decorated bedrooms (where most colour schemes, including the selection of the wall-to-wall carpeting, are chosen by the children). All of our children are helped and encouraged to organise themselves and keep their personal areas tidy. Each room is thoroughly cleaned daily.

Cricket team by mini-bus Although we have a school uniform which all our children wear during school hours and on certain school visits, boarders may change into casual clothes at 5 pm after school. Indeed, we encourage individuality in dress after a day spent hard at work. Clothing lists are available on request.


The Right Help
East Court is uniquely placed to help the dyslexic child
We fully understand and empathise with the difficulties of dyslexic children and have a system of help that can successfully overcome all the problems associated with being dyslexic. From the outset, we have targeted the needs of the dyslexic child as our prime concern. From the moment a child joins East Court, we help in every aspect of his or her life both in and out of the classroom.


Happy Children

Our resident Matron, Assistant Matron, Care Assistants and Housekeepers look after our children's personal, medical and laundry requirements. The Principal and Deputy Head are always on call during term-time.

We have a small sickroom and provide the normal medical facilities to deal with childhood ailments, bumps, bruises and tummy aches. A number of our academic and care staff have excellent first-aid training, and we also have a nurse who holds bi-weekly clinics at the school. However, should a pupil fall really ill, we immediately contact our doctors' surgery then advise parents to collect their child if necessary. We feel strongly that children like to be at home when they are not well. Full-boarding children are registered with our local General Practitioners.

We encourage our children to maintain close family ties by letter, fax, e-mail, telephone or weekend visits home, often with their school friends. Those pupils who remain at the school over the weekend enjoy a family atmosphere with other boarders and have a relaxed but busy social programme.


1. An independent report from a psychologist. This should include a full-scale intelligence test (e.g. Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; British Ability Scales) with sub-score details; details of current educational attainments (i.e. spelling; reading; writing); results of other relevant diagnostic tests.

2. An interview with the Principal for parents and child. This will include some preliminary assessments, ample opportunity to discuss your child's needs and a chance for parents and child to view the school's facilities. Your child will be shown around the school by an East Court pupil and attend some classes. The Registration Form and joining instructions are provided on acceptance of a place. Fees, fully detailed on a separate leaflet, are inclusive of all tuition and books, laundry and housekeeping services.

You can fill our form in to request an interview, or simply ask a question.



studying scienceEast Court's curriculum has been designed to provide a broad, thorough and stimulating education. Our curriculum is carefully suited to the dyslexic childs individual needs. We provide our children with a highly structured and sequential learning programme, taught within a caring, stimulating and therapeutic environment. We increase the confidence and self esteem of all our children so that they are free to fulfil their true potential.

Our children study a full curriculum which, although modified to suit the dyslexic child, is nonetheless academically challenging and exciting to learn. Every child studies English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (Geography and History), Art, Information and Communication Technology, Typing, Physical Education, Drama and other subjects from the National Curriculum, with the exception of modern languages.


Study GroupWe show our children that learning can be fun! We also encourage in our children an increasing level of self-discipline that, when exercised in a caring and organised environment, helps them to learn effectively.

The learning process is necessarily intense and includes many tutorial sessions. No child is left alone in difficulty and every child's questions are fully answered.

Our children learn to succeed - often for the first time - and the effects are exciting and stimulating for them.

Exciting and Happy Classrooms

Happy ClassroomsA happy and exciting classroom is a successful one. Our children are taught in small groups who share similar degrees of difficulty.

The delight shown by our children as they rapidly overcome their difficulties and gain skills that had previously eluded them is echoed by parents and teachers alike. Every step forward is celebrated in smiles, renewed effort and gained confidence.

Extra curricular activities

Cricket TreamThere are lots of things to do at East Court. Our range of extra curricular activities is modelled on the interests of the children.

Youthful energy is directed into worth-while activities. There are supervised school visits to places of interest and provision for model making, swimming, tennis, golf, squash, board games, computing, chess, music and sewing. We organise camping expeditions, field trips, sailing and geographical projects.

Our full-boarding children are well entertained during weekends. This time is planned to be stimulating and fun at the same time.

Physical & Mental Development

RugbyExercise is the natural way for children to release the pent-up energy that they have built up during class work.

At East Court, exercise is taught in a constructive and planned manner. We encourage and involve those children whose co-ordination had previously made some aspects of sport difficult. We also challenge and stretch those who already have good sporting skills.

Team games build team spirit and the confidence for interaction on a one-to-one and team basis, in and out of school.

We also have an all-weather surface in our large Victorian garden to ensure that, regardless of the weather, our children can still enjoy their breaks, take part in the usual playground games, or just take a leisurely stroll in the tranquillity and privacy of our lovely, well maintained grounds.


Termly Fees:

Per Term (£) Per Annum (£) Less 2.5% (£)
Full Boarding 6,500 19,500 19,010
Weekly Boarding 5,850 17,550 17,110
Day Pupils 4,800 14,400 14,040

Pocket money

Pocket money is not included in fees, and is at parents' discretion. A figure of £2 - 3.00 per week is suggested.

Payment Methods

Fees must be paid in full on or before the first day of term. Cheques should be made payable to "East Court School" and crossed a/c payee.

For new pupils joining in the Autumn Term, payment must be made by 1st August prior to September start.

A discount of 2.5% is available on fees paid annually in advance. Fees must be paid in sterling.


Fees include all activities considered to be part of the regular school curriculum. Where extra activities and expenses are incurred, parents will be charged at cost. These "extras" will include: special outside visits, stationery and extracurricular, private music lessons.

East Court also offers speech and language therapy which costs £30 per session and is additional to normal language work. This extra speech and language therapy would only be arranged following discussion with parents and an assessment of need by our speech therapist at a once only cost for the assessment of ’85. As a guide, children who require the maximum input have around ten one-to-one sessions per term. Some children require far less than this.


No insurance cover is provided by the school against the loss of the child's personal effects, by fire, theft or any other cause. Parents can normally obtain such cover as an extension to their household insurance. Parents are also strongly advised to take out a personal accident insurance for their child.


WRITTEN LANGUAGE is the central mechanism of our education system and, as a society, we expect our children to be fluent in the basic skills of reading, writing and spelling.

Society shows little compassion for slow starters - those children who, because they fail in the basic skills of written language, can find themselves struggling to survive in main stream education.

Dyslexic children are in this group. Until their learning difficulties are properly recognised and helped, dyslexic children may receive inappropriate help - or none at all -and become severely disadvantaged. When faced with the many obstacles to their educational success, dyslexic children are often mislabelled as lazy or stupid. This, in turn, can result in a negative attitude to education, where sheer frustration leads inevitably to under achievement.

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