Introduction and Welcome from The Head Teacher, Cindy O’Sullivan

A school with a rich history and a bright future

Gosden House is an outstanding school for young people with learning and additional needs, from 4-16 years of age. Set in extensive grounds, the environment offers students the opportunity to explore and challenge the potential of learners in every aspect. The curriculum has a strong focus on core learning skills and communication. We aim to develop resilience, creativity and social skills in order to support young people to succeed in the workplace and live rewarding, independent lives.

Learning is tailored to suit the needs of the individual and we work in partnership with families and other agencies to support learning and development for the ‘whole child’. We have high expectations, and learners take pride in their achievements.

We firmly believe that children facing the toughest challenges every day deserve the best chance to improve their life outcomes. Our children are lively and enthusiastic about every opportunity they are offered and this excitement empowers them to try new things and to engage with learning. We were delighted to have received Ofsted Outstanding 2016.

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Gosden House is a warm and vibrant learning environment with a clear vision: Growing lives, building futures. Cindy O'Sullivan | Head TeacherBEd, Dip.Tchg, NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), MA (Special and Inclusive Education)


If you would like to look around the school, please see the list of dates below. If you would like to book onto one of these dates, please email:

Upcoming Events

KS3 Drama Production
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Aims & Vision

  • A reflective and supportive community, committed to enquiry into opportunities and strategies to further our knowledge and understanding of our young people in order that we may challenge expectations and raise outcomes.
  • A collaborative team with high expectations of ourselves, our youngsters and all those with whom we engage.
  • A community that respects and values the dignity of each individual, celebrating difference and nurturing the development of the whole person.
  • An outward-looking organization, focused on promoting a positive image of our young people as part of, and as active participants in, their own and the wider community.
  • A flexible, adaptive and creative community prioritizing personalised learning that is meaningful, relevant, stimulating and fun.

Admissions Process

Admissions are arranged through the Local Authority Special Educational Needs Office.

Please call the school if you require any further information regarding admissions 01483 892008.

Parent show round dates can be found here : GH show round dates 2018-19


Show rounds at Gosden House are run by the Head Teacher and the dates for these are shown at the top of this Home Page on the right hand side. Please contact Anna Chapman or Anita Diniz in the School office to book a place on one of these show rounds.


School Structure

Children attending Gosden House School will have either a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Our school provides a personalised education for children with a range of complex learning difficulties including speech and language and those with an additional diagnosis such as Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Gosden House is made up of Primary (Reception to Year 6) and Secondary Departments (Year 7 to Year 11)

Our History

Gosden House School has a long and interesting history. The original house was built in 1794 on the site of a medieval farmhouse. Over the centuries it was lived in by various families including Lady Sitwell and her eccentric family of writers including Edith Sitwell.

In 1919 it was bought by Lord Wandsworth to provide education for orphans “with an agricultural background”. It was opened as Gosden House School in November 1920 with a roll of 17 children.

Surrey County Council bought the property in 1946 and the school was opened as a Special Residential School with just 16 girls.
From this date onwards, Gosden House School has continued to provide an excellent and caring environment for our children.

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