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Facilities are excellent for a small school, although slightly tight. Well-stocked library, ICT room, multi-purpose hall and own science lab. No outdoor space - pupils go for short walk during morning break and midday playtimes are held in Kensington Gardens. Exciting whole class drama and music; with around a third of the children learning an instrument, everyone performs in the regular plays and musicals. Open door policy for parents which helps create the nurturing and friendly atmosphere...

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Headmaster

Since September 2017, Huw May, previously head of Eaton House the Manor Pre-Prep. He has also headed Sydenham Junior School, Roedean Junior School and St Aubyn’s pre-prep. A professional singer for several years before taking up teaching, he is also an ISI inspector.

Entrance

Now only 8+ entry as it phases out the pre-prep and becomes a prep school. Maths, English and reasoning papers plus a psychometric assessment. Many pupils likely to come from Eaton House Belgravia pre-prep.

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Under its previous incarnation, Eaton House the Vale, was a co-ed pre-prep. Now gradually becoming a boys' only prep under its new name, phasing out the pre-prep classes and building from the top of the age range. Traditional 3Rs curriculum with a focus on developing every child's abilities, both academic and non-academic. No streaming and class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of individual attention.

The school occupies a six-storey Georgian house just off Gloucester Road, complete with kitchens and a dining area. Facilities are excellent for a small school, although slightly tight. Well-stocked library, ICT room, multi-purpose hall and own science lab. No outdoor space - pupils go for short walk during morning break and midday playtimes are held in Kensington Gardens. Two afternoons a week children go to Battersea Park with the games master for PE lessons. Pupils are introduced to around 10 different sports, including tennis, cricket and athletics, with matches, competitions and summer sports days being popular events. Exciting whole class drama and music; with around a third of the children learning an instrument, everyone performs in the regular plays and musicals.

For those with SEN, a part-time adviser organises additional support as needed by pupils. The school welcomes visiting specialists including speech and occupational therapists to support pupils with individual needs. Home/school communication is considered paramount - reading and message books are exchanged every day and five simple rules for everyone to follow to encourage thoughtfulness and sensible behaviour.

The children also benefit from being taken out to visit a variety of London sites and museums. After-school clubs include French, cookery, chess, healthy kids and lifestyles. Open door policy for parents which helps create the nurturing and friendly atmosphere and, most importantly, yummy lunches, say the young ones.

Special Education Needs

The Vale School has a part time Special Needs Teacher who is available two days a week to work with children who have a Specific Learning Difficulty. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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