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The site was refurbished at the time of the move so now, as well as adding new sports facilities, they’ve built a new library, drama studio and science laboratories, and many other facilities have been improved and updated. Such was the intensity of the bad feeling over the merger – albeit from a relatively small group of parents – that those who objected have removed their children from the school, leaving behind a contented and harmonious community. Parents we spoke to said they were happy that the merger gave both schools a future…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Geography at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

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Since 2014, Mike Walton BA MA NPQH (50ish). He was state-educated in Folkestone, Kent and then studied geography at Lancaster and stayed there to do his PGCE.

During the ‘80s and ‘90s Mr Walton mainly taught in British state schools – apart from sixth months as a volunteer teacher in Northern Sudan. His first headship was at Orchard School in Canterbury – a special school for children with learning and behavioural difficulties. He says that during these years in state education he had a ‘missionary zeal’ to ‘make the world a better place’ by teaching the people who needed him the most.

In August 2005 he changed direction, moving to Thailand to become principal of Regents International School, Pattaya – a British international boarding school. He...

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Special Education Needs

At King Edward VII & Queen Mary School the special educational needs of our pupils are met through the work of the Learning Support department and the individual subject/class teachers. We believe that all our students have skills, talents and abilities and as a school we have a responsibility to develop them to the full. Students with SEN are supported as necessary to help them achieve full access to the whole school curriculum. On entry into Year 7 we use information from feeder schools and parents to identify students with SEN. The Year group is screened within the first half term and any causes for concern are then further assessed. Any student, regardless of age, can, at any time, be assessed by the Head of Learning Support if there is cause for concern from teachers and/or parents. A variety of assessments are carried out to determine the type of support required. Once assessed a student, if deemed necessary, will follow one of two possible options: receive small group Learning Support, for 2–2 ½ hours per week; or attend a weekly lunchtime study skills clinic (both with specialist teachers). All Year 7 and 8 students receive in-class support in English lessons. Each student withdrawn for Learning Support has an Individual Education Plan which is reviewed on a six monthly basis. Those students who come to us with a Statement of Educational Needs will continue to have their statement reviewed annually for as long as is deemed necessary. The Special Educational Needs of our pupils include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and speech and language difficulties. We believe it to be of vital importance to work closely with students, teachers and parents when assessing a student’s educational needs and when formulating a suitable Individual Education Plan. We work hard together to ensure that every student has the best possible chance of success.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers 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
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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