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Some highly experienced riders have their own horse with them and are permitted extracurricular time with their trusted steeds. The Alkins School of Dance offers dance and musical theatre courses. It was a delight to sneak a peek at 10 or so graceful ballet dancers performing to an extremely high standard along a wall of mirrors. One parent we spoke to, whose children had moved from elsewhere, said they came home ‘fizzing about science, maths, dance…everything’...

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Abbots Bromley School is a popular boarding and day school set within impressive grounds, offering an amazing variety of facilities on one school site, such as an equestrian centre, where pupils may bring their own horses and the Alkins School of Dance, which offers vocational classes alongside the academic curriculum. From this year we are expanding our programme to offer Musical Theatre, in our newly refurbished facilities including the stage.

For a relatively small school we are able to excel in many areas, including art, music, dance, sport, riding, speech and drama. We have an exceptional academic record for a non-selective school, which is supported by the individual pastoral care available to each pupil.
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Performing arts specialist school

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

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Principal

Since September 2018, Richard Udy BSc (geography, London University) PGCE (UEA), who took over after the abrupt departure of the previous principal. Previously head of the senior division since 2015, having arrived at the school in 2013. Before that he was at Finborough School. Since his arrival, he has placed a much-needed emphasis on ramping up the academic side of things, having realised immediately that many of the structures (or lack of) were not working. Cue major changes. Data tracking now happens on a monthly basis, every pupil is monitored and, where necessary, intervention strategies planned. A number of new staff have joined recently in key positions and, altogether, there is a new tone and upward direction.

Charismatic, down to earth with ‘natural leader’ written all over him, he really does...

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Special Education Needs

The School has a qualified SENCO in both its Junior and Senior School who has overall responsibility for producing Individual Education Plans for each pupil who has special educational needs. If necessary, the school is able to provide specialist one-to-one tuition and classroom support for a range of special educational need pupils. Additionally, the school has some experience of pupils with mild Asperger's syndrome and autism. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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