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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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Since 2006, Viv Thomas BEd MA. Previously deputy and head of maths here, then head of Keble Prep, Winchmore Hill; has also taught at University College School. Read PE and history at St Luke’s, Exeter. Married to Rowena. ‘Very kind,’ according to one boy we spoke to, recently cheered up by him when his beloved football team lost. Another described him as ‘chatty and easy to talk to. In assembly, he is always finding stories from the newspaper that are interesting.’ A very able sportsman in his youth. When asked about his free time, he explained, ‘I play golf and a bit of tennis, and I try to hook up with my buddies to catch a rugby match at Twickenham. I like walking and have travelled a lot. It sounds really dull. I’ve got...

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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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