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  • Altrincham Preparatory School
    Marlborough Road
    WA14 2RR
  • Head: Nick Vernon
  • T 01619 283366
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys aged from 2 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Trafford
  • Pupils: 278
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £8,601 - £11,229 pa
  • Open days: Saturday 7th October 2023 - EYFS, Year 1 &2 Open Morning Thursday 16th November 2023 - Whole School Open Morning
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Parents praise the personalised teaching style - ‘it feels like every teacher is very invested in getting absolutely the best from each boy,’ said one. Formal preparation for 11+ ramps up in year 5 and there’s an optional week-long summer school in the holidays. All pupils have weekly enrichment sessions - stop motion animation, drama, geology etc. Year 5s and 6s also have weekly classes in performance and presentation skills (games like Just a Minute pay dividends at senior school interviews). One of the advantages of a single-sex school, believes the head, is that boys are ‘less inhibited about taking part in creative activities.’ Seems to work wonders on the...


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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since January 2022, Nick Vernon, previously head at Newcastle-under-Lyme Prep for 13 years and before that deputy head at Stockport Grammar for seven years. Grew up in nearby Bramhall, where he ‘always wanted to teach’. Degree in sports science from Liverpool Poly, PGCE and master’s in primary education from Manchester Metropolitan University. After eight years teaching in state schools, his first job in the independent sector was at Altrincham Prep – has now ‘come home.’ Is also an inspector for ISI.

We met him in the Manchester drizzle, welcoming in the pre-prep boys and their parents - the school is split into two sites and he makes a point of spending time at both. He has the air of man who can get a job done with the minimum of...

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Special Education Needs

Our SEN provision is mainly for boys with differing degrees of dyslexia, some A.D.D. and some dyspraxia.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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