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  • Polam Hall School
    Grange Road
    County Durham
    DL1 5PA
  • Head: Mr John Moreland
  • T 01325 463383
  • F 01325 383539
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 4 to 19
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Darlington
  • Pupils: 625
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding; £10,425 pa
  • Open days: October, November and January
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Crucially, there is a sense of a shared, warm, caring community throughout with staff and pupils clearly proud of the school they have created here. They have worked hard to maintain the best of the independent school ethos, with the...

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What the school says...

As a Free School, Polam Hall is funded by the state, while remaining fully independent in all the areas that matter. Day pupils are admitted without fees in accordance with the national admissions code. Like academies, the School is independent of local authority control, with our own governing body. Our distinctive curriculum, pastoral values and ethos have all been enhanced and improved in line with our new vision and we continue to offer boarding for 60 pupils. Boarders do not pay fees for tuition; they will pay for board and lodging only. Find out more at ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Crucially, there is a sense of a shared, warm, caring community throughout with staff and pupils clearly proud of the school they have created here. They have worked hard to maintain the best of the independent school ethos, with the house system still in place, a wide range of extracurricular activities, extended day and very smart and strict uniform policy. One small but significant change was to replace the former school logo and blazer badge depicting buttercups with a tree symbol – audible sigh of relief from boys (and many girls). Settling down now and ticking over very nicely indeed, pupils are clearly happy with their lot and the place is beginning to develop its own persona.


Since 2011, Mr J R Moreland MA (Oxon) PGCE NPQH (50s). Educated at Huddersfield New College (then a grammar...

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Special Education Needs

Experienced, specialist staff offer SEN and EAL provision in both the Junior and Senior School. Our Learning Support Unit caters for a wide spectrum of special needs. Our SEN staff are supported by classroom assistants and a number of local outside Agencies.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
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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