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No performative values plastered on walls - they’re dismissed by head ‘as just for inspections’. Instead school irradiates an atmosphere of straight-forward decency and mutual respect -  illustrated nicely by year group charters jointly agreed between pupils and teachers. Pupils are at ease with adults. Unguarded and unpretentious, ‘they know how lucky they are, that something special is going on here’, says head. There’s no ties or blazers, ‘it’s just not Amesbury’ say parents who admit with pride that...

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What the school says...

Amesbury was founded in 1870 and is the oldest preparatory school in the Haslemere / Hindhead area on the Surrey/West Sussex/Hampshire boarders. The school educates boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 13. Pupils move on to the best senior day and boarding schools in the UK.

In the previous decade, we have invested over £5m in the school's estate. Our excellent facilities extend the range of opportunities on offer to children, help to raise expectations and they are an outstanding resource for our valued Common Room.

Our chapel choir robes in red by royal consent and we are the only school to have a Grade 2* Listed Lutyens building designed specifically as a school.

Our history reflects our appetite for innovation and future thinking. Amesbury was one of the first schools in the country to ban corporal punishment and open a Pre-Prep Department, along with an on-site Learning Support Department. Ensuring our pupils are future ready with technology is an important part of modern day education and one that is highly regarded at Amesbury.

We provide each pupil from Year 5 onwards with their own laptop for school use. This technique of working is balanced with more traditional methods of learning, to provide a bespoke educational journey. Our integrated learning environments allow our pupils to work in a flexible and collaborative way within the classroom, facilitating both teamwork and leadership.

Amesbury was also an early adopter of the Pre Senior Baccalaureate (PSB). The PSB provides our pupils with a flexible curriculum and focuses more precisely on developing the skills and aptitudes that will best prepare children for the challenges of adolescence and beyond.

This deep rooted understanding of who we are and where we have come from is the firm foundation on which the school continues to thrive today.

Whole School Open Mornings run in February, May and October, with Pre-Nursery, Nursery, and Reception specific Open Mornings running in November and June.

Please contact Liz Wright on [email protected] or 01428 604322
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Jon Whybrow

Since November 2020, Jon Whybrow (60s). After a short-service commission in the Royal Marines, pursued a teaching career beginning down the road in Farnham at Edgeborough. Some 20 years’ experience of headship across a variety of preps followed, including Beachborough School in Bucks and most recently five years at Cheltenham College Prep.

From his comfortable office, over a crackling fire (lit every morning by school cleaner Cath, 82) he tells us he can’t wait for our chat to be over. ‘I make a deliberate effort to get out of here and I’m itching to get on the field to watch this afternoon’s matches,’ he explains. A PE teacher by trade, and in full kit during our visit, he insists, ‘I’m absolutely not a "jock". ‘I’ll sing and perform wherever I...

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Special Education Needs

At Amesbury our learning support department assists a range of pupils, and in particular we have Helen Arkell trained support teachers who specialise mainly in the areas of dyslexia and dyscalculia. In-class support can vary from small groups to one-to-one support depending on the level of need. Timetabled support is overseen by the head of SEND, head of English and head of maths. The head of SEND can also put parents in touch with registered educational psychologists, child psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, if an assessment of a pupil's learning or emotional need is necessary. At Amesbury we also cater for any additional access arrangements that a pupil may need in their exams, based on an up-to-date educational psychology assessment.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
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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