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Probably best to avoid comments such as ‘I want my son to go from Arnold House to Westminster to Oxford’ if you want young Freddie to gain a place. ‘Parents who make comments like this are missing the point,’ explains head. ‘What I am looking for, from our "getting to know you" session is whether he looks like a nice little boy to teach.’  Some of the most impressive art displays we have seen in a prep school. The boys who showed us round were bowled over by their classmates’ work. ‘I can’t get over that one...' 

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What the school says...

Arnold House School values a supportive family ethos and operates in a relaxed and kindly way within a defined code of conduct. Individuals are cherished and rewards far outweigh sanctions. Arnold House takes a long view of a boy's education; academic breadth, a balance between study, sport, music, the arts and activities together with excellent pastoral care constitute the foundations of the school's philosophy and success.

We are caring, academically strong but not overly competitive and broad in our outlook. A healthy balance is achieved and maintained between matters academic, artistic, pastoral, spiritual and sporting. We are traditional in our approach: in curriculum, in structure, in uniform and in a degree of formality.

Boys transfer to their chosen independent senior schools at the age of 13. Senior schools see Arnold House as developing bright, well-mannered, motivated, articulate and well-rounded pupils. Our contact with leading day and boarding schools is strong. The school community, and the parent body in particular, has embraced the bursary scheme: £750,000 has been donated since its inception in 2009.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2021, Giles Tollit, previously head of Horris Hill for 10 years and before that deputy head of Bilton Grange, director of studies at Caldicott and head of classics at Yardley Court. He is a keen classicist, having gained his degree in the subject at Bristol University.

Entrance

Register before second birthday for entrance at 3+. Sibling priority. Sons of old boys also favoured. Massively oversubscribed with approximately 200 applicants chasing 40 places. Individual meeting with head, in which parents are checked out as much as the boys. Probably best to avoid comments such as ‘I want my son to go from Arnold House to Westminster to Oxford’ if you want young Freddie to gain a place. ‘Parents who make comments like this are missing the point,’ says school. ‘What I am looking for, from...

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Special Education Needs

At Arnold House we provide for, and respond to, the varying needs of all our boys including those with Specific Learning Difficulties. We want all boys to make progress across the broad and balanced curriculum we offer and we endeavour to support boys through in-class differentiation, small group work, individual support lessons and Individual Education Programmes as required. 10-09

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