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The academic focus is paramount. New staff have been recruited into key areas, with music, drama and digital learning the latest beneficiaries. The new head of digital learning, one of only 20 Google innovators in UK schools, used lockdown as an opportunity to develop digital lessons in every subject. The latest drive is to embed engineering into the curriculum through STEM and DT. Both boast all the latest sophisticated facilities, which pupils demonstrated with real proficiency and detailed explanations. Parents appreciate the...

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Chandlings is a leading co-educational prep school for children aged 2-11 set within 60 acres of beautiful grounds yet just five miles from Oxford itself. Alongside such an enviable location, we pride ourselves on exceptional academic achievement, genuine pastoral care and superb facilities. Our teachers are passionate about education and our children are curious, creative and independent.

We offer impressive sports facilities, a huge range of enrichment activities and extensive private rural surroundings that include a low-ropes course in the Bluebell Wood. We consistently gain outstanding academic results to highly selective senior schools and we ensure that our children are both challenged and inspired. With us, your son or daughter will discover themselves and make memories to last them forever.
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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


Since 2018, Christine Cook, previously head of Cokethorpe Junior School for 11 years. Taught at Chandlings when it first opened as part of the Cothill Trust in 1994 – rose to director of studies then head of pre-prep. Both adventurous and experienced, she has also taught in Western Australia at Guildford Grammar School, Perth and as houseparent at The Dragon.

Took over after a rapid turnover of heads (never good) and is clearly relishing steadying the ship, as well as finding ways to power it forward through the uncharted and choppy waters that the current economic climate will inevitably bring. Has carried out some important cost savings to help deal with this, but no-one is complaining there’s not as much champagne served at school events - parents generally approve of good housekeeping in challenging times. She is...

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Special Education Needs

Most children's needs can be met within the classroom through differentiated tasks and provision, particularly in the early stages. All children are taught in mixed ability classes apart from maths and spelling in which they are set or grouped according to their levels of achievement in the Prep Department. According to pupil needs, individual or group lessons may be offered with specialist teachers in the Learning Support Department. The SENCO manages this experienced team which offers advice, support, training and teaching within the school. The focus of the department is on early identification and positive intervention with regard to some specific learning needs and to offer a 'boost' to English skills if indicated.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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