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Gosden House School Virtual Tour

Some amazing animations by one of our students

Adam's Video of his birthday building

Who is in Gosden?

Useful links to support children

Please find below some useful websites for Children





CYP Haven https://www.cyphaven.net/home/guildford/

Introduction and Welcome

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 December 2020.

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)


Angus & Cindy

We are delighted to have been awarded Outstanding by Ofsted this month.


Ofsted final report 2019



Primary School


Secondary School




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 organisation, 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.

The Gosden Ethos

At Gosden House School, we recognise each child and young person's unique experience.  We seek to understand the motives, wishes and feelings behind behaviour, because we believe all behaviour is communication.   We aim to nurture connection, build healthy relationships and promote resilience to achieve success in the present and hope for the future.

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. Alternatively you can call Surrey County Council SEN Support on the above link.

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.

Happy Community