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Boys and girls are taught separately for main subjects and the school’s two-form entry means there’s a boys’ class and girls’ class in each year group. Wide ability range, with mild to moderate dyslexia a speciality. Lots of bright sparks, but many who have wilted in more bracing environments respond well to the nurturing of a small friendly school...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Graphic Products at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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Special Education Needs

The Dyslexia Unit was established in 1992 to provide specialist support to pupils across the age range 4-16. Most pupils are assessed prior to school entry, in addition to this, small classes and a whole school awareness of dyslexia enable staff to quickly identify and refer pupils who may be experiencing difficulties so that they can be supported in the most effective way. All members of staff are trained to utilise the principles of Accelerated Learning, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK) model and Multiple Intelligence profiling to assist pupils, especially those with dyslexia, in the most effective way. Each pupil is regarded as a unique individual, with a unique pattern of strengths and unique ways of being clever and successful. The focus is on positive feedback, building self-esteem and confidence - maintaining high expectations while providing a "safety net". Support can be delivered in a variety of ways from classroom support via an effective team of Learning Support Assistants, to work in small groups, to individual specialist tuition with a dyslexia tutor, to support on one of our own programmes, for example Target Reading or Target Maths. IEPs are devised from education psychology reports and in-house assessments. They are used to focus and inform teaching and to monitor the attainment of targets set. They are frequently referred to, discussed with other staff, parents and wherever appropriate, with the pupils themselves. The structure and content of the support lesson depends on pupil age and individual needs. Each lesson is based on targets from the IEP and developed via several linked tasks with reinforcement delivered via multi-sensory games and computer programmes. A School Advisory Plan is also drawn up summarising all SEN documentation held on the pupil with hints to help mainstream staff. Many of the games are tailor made for individual pupils and make learning so enjoyable that pupils sometimes get quite upset if they have done so well that they no longer need to attend the Unit!

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

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