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A truly impressive school, with twisty brick staircases and leaded lights which grab eager 10-year-olds immediately – 'I chose it because it was like Hogwarts', a unique selling point in Essex, to be sure. When asked what was good about...

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Bancroft's is a lively and exciting community, filled with talented pupils who want to do well. Pupils consistently achieve the highest academic standards within a vibrant cultural environment. The school's tradition of excellence extends beyond the classroom; the opportunities it offers are many and varied: CCF, DofE, Scouts, sport, drama, music. The result is a busy school full of equally busy pupils. Head, Mary Ireland's fundamental belief is that as every child only goes through school once, it is the duty of the school to ensure that each child's experience is as good as it can possibly be. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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A truly impressive school, with twisty brick staircases and leaded lights which grab eager 10-year-olds immediately – 'I chose it because it was like Hogwarts', a unique selling point in Essex, to be sure. When asked what was good about the school, all the parents and pupils we spoke to said, as with one voice, 'the pastoral care'. We can't recall such...


Since September 2016, Simon Marshall MA PGCE (Cantab) MA MPhil (Oxon), previously head of the English College in Prague. Highly educated: classics degree (choral exhibitioner) and PGCE from Cambridge, later studying English at Oxford and taking an MPhil there in 18th century studies. He has been head of English at King's College Wimbledon and deputy head of UCS. A keen mountaineer and runner, he enjoys gardening, music and theatre. Married to Eleanor.

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Special Education Needs

Bancroft's is a highly selective academic school, and those who wish to join the school need to pass the entrance exam. However those who have passed the exam may have special needs, and the school will do all it can to help those who have had specialist diagnoses. The school does not offer diagnosis itself, but all 1st years are screened on entry. Parents are advised if there seems to be cause for concern. The Head of Learning Support collates all advice that pupils have received, and ensures that all other members of staff are aware of individuals' requirements. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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