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Wood panelling, winding and creaking staircases and cobbled stable blocks bring Hogwarts to mind. Meanwhile, the rosy cheeked, windswept and slightly dishevelled children walking, running and skipping through the grassy play areas give an overall impression of an idyllic country school – worlds apart from the London tarmac many of its commuter families have left behind. ‘The children are like free-range chickens – able to explore, climb trees and have real freedom,’ said one parent. Probably not the place for those who expect dazzling ...

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What the school says...

Ashfold is a leading co-educational prep school for children aged 3 - 13 years, set in 30 stunning acres in the Buckinghamshire countryside. It offers weekly and flexi boarding from age 9. Ashfold is a small school with a Christian ethos and a reputation as a friendly, family-orientated place. It has a strong academic record and offers an excellent all-round education with an amazing array of academic, extra-curricular and pastoral opportunities. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Colin MacIntosh (40s), previously deputy head of Beaudesert Park School and before that a 15-year run teaching English in various preps. English degree from St Andrews. Warm, unassuming and quite reserved, he admits he felt ‘slightly nervous’ about his first headship, not to mention superseding an extrovert predecessor with a 21-year reign. ‘Definitely not gregarious or a schmoozer – in fact, I get the impression he finds group settings quite awkward and intimidating – but he’s incredibly personable one-to-one and most importantly he is exceptionally child-centred,’ summed up one parent. Others raved about how he’s injected a whole new level of empathy into school life: ‘It’s not just the predictable kids that get celebrated;’ ‘You can see how much he cares about the kids’ etc. ‘In many ways, I’m an overgrown prep...

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support is available to all children who have identified Specific Learning Difficulties. However, Ashfold is a main stream school and not a special needs school. For a child to thrive at Ashfold in addition to limited classroom LSA support, no more than 1 hour of individual tuition per week should be needed. Consequently, Ashfold would not be suitable for children with more than a mild level of learning difficulty. All children are screened for dyslexia when they are 7 years old, or if they wish to join the school when they are 7+. Where a number of dyslexic indicators are identified, an educational psychologists report is commissioned and where possible, support provided. 09-09

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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