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The addition of girls this academic year has injected a fresh energy and ‘lightness of touch’ to the erstwhile ‘boys’ own paradise’. One teacher swiftly corrected herself after referring to a group of mixed pupils as gentlemen – old habits die hard. Off long, narrow, wood-panelled corridors, lessons are underway. Some are heads down, quiet and focused. Others are buzzy, with raised arms and pupils darting around classrooms. All are engaging. Pupils are…

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Since 2019, Chris Carlier. Degree in modern languages from Oxford, PGCE from Cambridge and a master’s in educational leadership from Buckingham. Formerly head of French and senior housemaster at Bradfield where he started his teaching career over 20 years ago. Drawn to the prep sector because it ‘tees children up for life’. Genuinely delights in the vitality and innocence of childhood and ‘the privilege of shaping characters and minds that transcends the curriculum’.

Having led the school firstly through a pandemic and now to co-ed for the first time in the school’s 120+ year history, he almost fell off his chair laughing when asked what is next for Aldro. ‘This period now is about bedding in.’ Of the move to co-ed he muses, ‘There is a charming simplicity about single-sex education,...

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Special Education Needs

On entry to Aldro, boys are assessed in literacy, numeracy and cognitive skills. Together with this profile and the awareness of the teaching staff, we are able to identify boys presenting with specific learning difficulties. Learning support is offered as 1:1 lessons working from a carefully devised Individual Education Plan detailing targets, strategies and resources to be used. Progress is monitored and reported to parents. The qualified SEN tutors are dedicated to helping each pupil to reach potential and value the involvement of parents towards this goal.

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

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