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  • Prestfelde School
    London Road
    SY2 6NZ
  • Head: Fiona Orchard
  • T 01743 245400
  • F 01743 241434
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 13
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Shropshire
  • Pupils: 287
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £8,925 - £15,075; Boarding £18,780 pa
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the parents say...

I have had three children go through Prestfelde over the past 15 years (only a few months to go before our youngest leaves..) and I cannot think there is a happier or more balanced environment we could have found for them. That is not to say that they have never gone through the odd difficult patch, or (outrageously!) failed to make a team they felt they were destined for. It's just that the school deals with inevitable growing pains like this with the healthy blend of concern and unflappability (borne of experience, not fads) which means they are quickly overcome. Everything is up-to-date and the school has all its anti-bullying policies etc in place, but the children can still have T&Bs (tea & biscuits) after school and the little ones can still imagine they are properly lost in the tiny wood by the Head' house while their big brothers and sisters sprint around Top Field on Sports Day. Having been at the school for so many years, there are many other strengths I could point to; some long-standing, others achieved by more concerted effort during recent years. Into the former would fall the school's delightful embrace of music (cultivated by an exceptional Head of Music). The latter would include the school's ascent of the league tables in sports fixtures (thanks to the focused and committed sports teaching team, nurtured by previous Head). Finally, of the stand-out strengths in which the school has grown in recent years, there is it's academic achievement. This is down not only to the dedication and sheer hard work of its excellent teaching staff (with no exceptions - and parents here are hawk-eyed, like everywhere), but especially to the tenacity of the recently-appointed Head. Brought in a few years back to sharpen up the academic front with the best of modern teaching practice, the head has worked systematically up through the school until everyone knows exactly what they should be aiming for, is geared up to achieve it and - crucially - has "bought in" to the whole ethos. She has achieved a huge amount and IMHO well deserved the job of Head when the previous head stepped down end of last year. As I set out at the start of this review though, it isn't the individual bits - the music, the sports, the academic success - which, for me, make Prestfelde such a lovely school. It's the relaxed, family atmosphere and the sunny optimism which I think are so special and which set up children so well for life.

Commented on 8th Nov 2016

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Special Education Needs

Prestfelde is a non-selective school with a whole school policy aimed at meeting the needs of individual pupils. The staff in the main school are aware and knowledgeable about a variety of specific difficulties, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. We have a strong Learning Support Department, which was described as "a major strength of the school" in our last inspection. We specialise in specific learning difficulties (dyslexia). We have a Learning Support Centre in which we teach children individually or in small groups. It is staffed by one full-time tutor, who acts as co-ordinator, and three part-time tutors, all of whom have a diploma or certificate in SpLD teaching. We also have a CLANSA-qualified Support Assistant, who offers in-class support for individual children as required. We can offer a wide range of support, from basic and maths, to help with preparation for Common Entrance exams in almost any subject. We think that reading is of paramount importance and our policy is to pick up early on poor readers and put in some effective help, in cooperation with the child's form teacher. We encourage the involvement of parents. Our aim is that most children should leave the school with the necessary skills and strategies to be independent and effective learners.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School Y
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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