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DUCKS Kindergarten and Infants School

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Parents feel this a place where children can be themselves, free from pressure – ‘It’s not your typical hothousing pre-prep,' summed up one. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and teachers avoid typecasting anybody. Parents say there is a good balance between learning through play and solid foundation skills teaching. On our visit, nursery children were busily and noisily involved in…

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DUCKS is situated in beautiful, semi-rural surroundings off the main Dulwich College Campus. The kindergarten (non-selective) offers a caring and stimulating environment. The children in the Infants' School work in new, purpose-built classrooms and have access to extensive playgrounds. DUCKS follows the Early Learning Goals and Key Stage 1 curriculum and also offers specialist music, dance, French, Forest School, swimming, games and PE. ...Read more

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Since 2022, Mrs Jo Parker, previously deputy. She has taught at DUCKS since 2010, and before that at JAGS pre-prep, though she originally trained in Sydney.

Six places for babies aged 6-18 months into kindergarten; 14 places for toddlers and 24 for ‘ducklings’ of between 2 and 3 years. The infants’ school comprises nursery from 3+ to year 2 and is academically selective: the school states that 'children are assessed to ensure their learning is up to date and at a stage where they can take advantage of everything the school has to offer.' There are usually up to 12 places available at nursery, then 30 places in reception, which is now the main point of entry. Exceptional boys might be given a deferred place at the junior school for year 3. Places occasionally emerge higher up the school.

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
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
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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