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The rural setting provides the natural habitat for the forest school in ‘Mr McGregor’s garden’ and the woodland areas. The Aysgarth game of COW – cricket off the wall – is a love of Aysgarthians old and new, the real challenge being to hit the ball from the playground into the head's garden. Sport is high profile and they play to win, while still managing a well done and a slap on the back for the chap who comes last. Very much focused on full boarding – in fact, north of Oxford, it's the only all boys' boarding prep in England and parents come from both north and south of the border...

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What the school says...

The school consists of a Preparatory school for boys (8 - 13 yrs) and a Pre-Prep and Nursery which is coeducational. The Prep School is the only all boys boarding prep school in Northern Britain and could be described as a boys' paradise when visited on a Sunday afternoon in summer with boys playing all sorts of games all over the beautiful grounds. The boarding accommodation is excellent. Boys are prepared for the country's leading independent boarding schools such as Eton and Harrow. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Rob Morse, previously head of Perrot Hill, with his wife Lottie and their children, Daisy and Harry, and black labrador, Nel. Moved from Somerset, though no newcomer to the north as former deputy head at S Anselm's in Derbyshire.


Non-selective, but for prep an interview and assessment (no exam) to look for boys with a ‘willingness to get stuck in’, 'We try not to turn anyone away'. A few scholarships of between 10-25 per cent and some bursary help, which can be up to 100 per cent. Siblings and Forces discounts available.

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Special Education Needs

Aysgarth School has a Learning Support Department. This comprises a team of teachers with extra qualifications and experience concerned with a variety of special educational needs. They work in support of the whole teaching staff from the Pre-Prep upwards to provide a comprehensive package of support in line with the 'Code of Practice in the Identification and Assessment of Special Needs' published by the DES in 1994 and the revised Code of Practice 2001. Aysgarth School follows a graduated approach to Learning Support. Literacy and numeracy assessments are undertaken by pupils. Those pupils with concerns are offered dyslexia screening tests and more detailed assessments. Discussion between parents, child and teachers takes place. Support is offered with targets based on an Individual Education Plan. The Learning Support Department also offers support in handwriting, reading, balance and co-ordination through Brain Gym and Study Skills.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 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
VI - Visual Impairment

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