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Outdoorsey doesn’t come near it….each building is equipped with its own boot-scraper to remove the mud before lessons. There is daily PE, with rugby, cricket, and hockey; the netball team has played at an international tournament. A wall of cups and shields testify to the competitive spirit, and an ISI sports award is proudly displayed in the entrance hall, ‘That old adage, it’s the taking part that matters… 

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What the school says...

ISI Inspection October 2012 found Appleford 'Excellent' in all categories. 'The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent and is the result of the school's relentless commitment to enabling every pupil to achieve their potential.'

'Our son has thrived in Appleford's unique environment and we have been absolutely thrilled with his academic progress.' Lt Col M Pullan MBE (Parent) ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, David King B.Ed. After reading history and art at Liverpool University, began as a primary school teacher only to have, what he calls, ‘A mid-life crisis’ which involved setting up his own business in climbing wall equipment, until he responded to the call of the school bell again, taking jobs in Devon at 24/7 College then in Newton Abbot as head of Bishop Dustan School. He talks of the revolution he stirred when he arrived at Appleford - a country prep with 58 pupils whose ‘halcyon days had passed it by’, building and expanding it to re-emerge as a through-school with specialist status for 160. Dressed in a Harris Tweed 3-piece and brogues, with academic gown on the back of his study door, you night be forgiven for thinking he styles himself...

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Special Education Needs

Appleford was founded in 1988 to provide help for dyslexic pupils of average or above-average intelligence. In recent times, the spectrum of difficulties has increased so that our category with the DCSF is now an Approved Residential Special School for Dyslexic pupils and those with associated learning differences. Admissions policy: Educational Psychologist's report, professional and school reports and Appleford taster visit. An Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) should also be provided if a child has one.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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