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A diamond in shape and in character, pupils encouraged to and do take full advantage of many opportunities to learn, travel and develop. No flashy jewels here, pleasant but functional buildings nestled amongst residential housing. Stiff local competition, particularly for...

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11 & 13: English, maths & VR followed by an interview. 16: Good GCSEs with emphasis on grades achieved in subjects to be pursued.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

A diamond in shape and in character, pupils encouraged to and do take full advantage of many opportunities to learn, travel and develop. No flashy jewels here, pleasant but functional buildings nestled amongst residential housing. Stiff local competition, particularly for girls – Dame Allan's tries...

Principal

Since 2004, Dr John Hind (50s), PGCE MA (history) from Downing College, Cambridge, MEd (Newcastle), PhD (history) Durham. Previously deputy head of Kingston Grammar and before that at Durham and Exeter. Approachable, speaks enthusiastically of 'our family of schools’ and believes in instilling a 'can do’ mindset rather than creating an academic hothouse. Approaches each pupil with 'Let's work together and see where we can get to'. Parents commented that ‘he runs a tight ship’ and though ‘a little distant’, both parents and pupils have ‘warmed to him over time’.
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Special Education Needs

At a small charge to parents, Dame Allan's provides an excellent service for children with specific learning difficulties. Lessons take place on a mainly one to one basis throughout the entire Schools' age range. The School has its own Learning Support Department with a highly qualified member of staff as the learning support teacher.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
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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