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Classrooms busy, not over-orderly and relaxed – we wanted to look at the displays, all of which seemed interesting and not as predictable as they so often are. We liked the alternatives to ‘said’ and loved the paper collages showing...

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At Bancroft's Prep we aim to provide children with the best possible academic education, and to help them reach their full potential, whilst also ensuring that they are happy and well rounded individuals. We offer children a rich and diverse range of experiences; to help them find areas where they can excel or simply have fun; to encourage their natural curiosity; to make sure they enjoy their school life.

The happiness of all the children in our care is fundamental to our approach. We are very proud of our excellent academic results. We are also proud that these are achieved alongside our children's personal and social development.

At Bancrofts Prep, we focus ion positive behaviour and rewards. Our headline 3 School Rules reinforce our ethos: everyone has the right to be happy; respect other people and their property; use your common sense.

We believe it is our role to bring out the very best in our children, both academically and in terms of their emotional intelligence. We want to help prepare them for life in the world outside where the ability to form positive relationships and to lead a happy life is as important as the ability to read or reckon. We want our children to have fun while they learn; in this way, we believe they will derive a lifelong love of learning.
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Classrooms busy, not over-orderly and relaxed – we wanted to look at the displays, all of which seemed interesting and not as predictable as they so often are. We liked the alternatives to ‘said’ and loved the paper collages showing variations on the Arcimboldo fruity face and the glittery, sparkly, firework ones....


Since September 2012, Mr Joe Layburn MA, previously acting head. MA in German literature from University College London, followed by a 15-year career as investigative journalist and TV reporter, primarily for Channel 4. Retrained as a teacher and joined Bancroft's Prep in 2004. Author of a trilogy of children's books. Married with three sons; two of them were educated at Bancroft's from prep onwards and one at a special needs school. Keen on running, cycling and West Ham United.


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Special Education Needs

We screen all our pupils with the help of our Head of Learning Support which helps to further inform our teaching on any significant issues. We also have support staff who give individual and group help to children who need particular help or at the other end of the spectrum stretching. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
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
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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