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Subject teaching takes place in the converted stables which surround the courtyard, and the purpose built pre-prep department. A series of Portakabins are still in use, though no one appears bothered; in fact, the pupils see the strengths; as one pointed out in the ‘temporary’ science lab, ‘We never have to worry about dropping liquids on the benches - they are so old!’ The decorative theme throughout is inspired by the Colonel’s travels including elephants and giraffes, displays from Tutankhamen’s tomb, wooden carvings, ornamental ponds...


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Barnardiston Hall is set in 16 acres on the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The philosophy of the school is a simple but effective one happy children achieving goals and fulfilling their potential. Excellent exam results with academic, music and sporting scholarships. Very effective special needs centre The Bridge which is an integral part of the school. Extensive sports fixtures, with all older children playing sport 3 times a week. Three choirs, many ensembles and an orchestra with major productions performed twice a year. Wide-ranging adventurous pursuits including Snowdon and Ben Nevis. Junior boarding at the School is a particular strength, allowing young children to be cared for in a warm and home-like environment. Barnardiston Hall aims to bring out the best in your child in a happy, homely atmosphere. ...Read more

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Since 2012 Tim Dodgson BA (history - London) PGCE (40s). First joined the school as newly qualified teacher in 1992. Moved to Bedford Prep, returning married and with a young family to Barnardiston as head of history and pastoral care. After a brief sojourn as deputy head at Sedbergh, he returned again to Barnardiston as deputy, before stepping into the position of headmaster. His wife, Emma, also teaches at the school and both of their children attended before moving on to senior schools. The family live in the main school building. Has an easy-going manner, calm and a good listener – something of a foil for the principal’s more extrovert style. Has no plans to move.

Principal and owner is Colonel Keith Boulter, Cambridge theology graduate and hockey blue (60s). Barnardiston...

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Special Education Needs

Barnardiston Hall provides a first-class education to children with special needs ranging from dyslexia and dyspraxia to autism and Asperger’s syndrome with in-class support, small group work or one-to-one tuition in 'The Bridge'. The School is CReSTeD registered. Children with mild EBD are given strategies to help them cope with school life and we have received excellent reports from visiting outside agencies. Broadlands Hall is a 10-bedded residential children's home which is located some 2 miles from Barnardiston Hall. Broadlands offers education to children with a full range of learning difficulties and/or EBD. Most children are residential and are referred via local authorities. However, day children can be accepted and private placements can be made. Broadlands Hall offers a supportive, safe and caring environment in which children are encouraged to reach their full potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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