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Parents tend to be ‘highly aspirational’, and the previous head felt his job was to square the circle between their ambitions for their own sons and the needs of the whole school, 'to look after all the children’s interests.’ They also tend to get closely involved in events such as food and wine tasting evenings, cake sales and the summer ball, and most are hugely positive about the school. One parent expressed a general view: ‘It’s given my son...

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What the school says...

Please visit the school website which reflects the diversity of opportunity and achievement available to boys at The Beacon. It also provides an on-line prospectus, fee structure, details of forthcoming Open Mornings and a summary of the most recent inspection report.

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Centre at The Beacon exists to help those boys who are experiencing difficulties with academic work by providing assistance on several levels: support to the boys, staff and parents. Most of the difficulties come into the category of mild to moderate specific learning differences, such as dyslexia. We have a team of qualified specialist teachers, a specialist support assistant and a visiting Speech & Language Therapist. We also work closely with the School Counsellor. Our main aim is to identify boys who need help as early as possible and to put interventions in place at this stage. Research has shown that the best outcome for all is when intervention is in place early in the child's life. We keep up-to-date with current research within the field and aim to improve the boys' literacy and numeracy skills. We use multisensory methods to try and help the boys to achieve their full potential. We ensure that teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying, and providing for, those boys who have specific learning differences. The learning needs of the individual boys are also made known to all those who teach them. All staff have had access to training in specific learning difficulties. 09-09

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
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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