The Downs School A GSG School
- The Downs School
- Head: Mr Marcus Gunn
- T 01275 852008
- F 01275 855840
- E email@example.com
- W www.thedownsschool.co.uk
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 13
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: North Somerset
- Pupils: 281
- Religion: Christian
- Fees: £10,260 - £15,555 pa
- Open days: May and October
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
This is a family-run prep school that makes the most of the outdoors too – overalls and wellies for outside play, and lessons in the forest school. ‘Our children are happy there, and safe, and cared for, and challenged.’...
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What The Good Schools Guide saysThis is a family-run prep school that makes the most of the outdoors too – overalls and wellies for outside play, and lessons in the forest school. ‘Our children are happy there, and safe, and cared for, and challenged.’
Since 2001, Marcus Gunn MA (Ed) PGCE BA IAPS. Originally from Yorkshire, studied history at Liverpool, and qualified as a teacher almost a decade later. During that time, as well as windsurfing whenever possible, he taught history and games for five years, taking on such a wide range of duties that he now sees the whole experience as an apprenticeship. Studied a masters in education and leadership at 40. Now lives in the school grounds with wife Valerie, the ‘glue that holds it all together.’ As well as matron duties she hosts events for parents, even taking...
Special Education Needs
At The Downs we try to cater for the needs of all the children. In doing so we offer about 45 (50) lessons a week of learning support in numeracy and literacy. Some of the children supported have been assessed as dyslexic or dyscalculiac, others have been identified as needing some help from their teachers. We offer help to any reasonably bright children as long as we have the facility to do so; if after assessment, we feel they need some support, we will not offer a place unless we have the space in the allocated (5) lessons a week. The Learning Support we offer is of a very high quality; indeed it is excellent, however, we do not 'market' the department.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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||Y|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|