About Dawn House School

Dawn House School is a day and residential non-maintained school that welcomes pupils for boarding from Monday to Friday during term time. Students aged 5-19 come to Dawn House School from not only the local area (Nottinghamshire) but also as far afield as Lincolnshire and Suffolk.

My time at Dawn House left me with treasured memories and set me up to succeed in and outside of education.” 

Jay Jones, former resident of Dawn House School


Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Dawn House School is run by I CAN, the UK’s leading children’s communication charity as one of the organisation's two specialist schools (the other being Meath School in Surrey). The school supports children aged 5-19 with complex or severe speaking and understanding needs.

Our residential provision

At Dawn House School, we are committed to integrating outstanding education, in-house therapy and care for all pupils in a highly specialist environment where their speaking and understanding language needs do not prevent them from learning.

Read about how Dawn House School changed the lives of children with speech, language and communication needs and their families:

For further information about the residential provision at I CAN's Dawn House School, take a look at these pages on the school website:

If there's a child in your school with complex speaking and understanding language needs who could thrive in a specialist school offering a flexible boarding provision, be sure to take a look at our Top 5 considerations for discussions with parents.


Did you know? I CAN has two specialist schools. As well as Dawn House School, we run Meath School (in Surrey), which also offers a residential provision.


Enhance your knowledge with FREE training

Dawn House School (part of I CAN, the children’s communication charity), will soon be offering a range of free training sessions on supporting speaking and understanding language needs.

This will include a session to help SENCOs further their knowledge about what a residential provision can offer and how to guide parents and children through this process.

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