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The pastoral care here is highly praised by parents - the clincher for this school. There’s much emphasis on well-being; down time, such as meditation, is incorporated into the school day. Jane explained the importance of the Friday custom of staff shaking hands with pupils: knowing the nature of each pupil’s handshake means you can tell if something’s wrong; it connects you with every child and gets rid of any bad blood before the weekend. ‘It’s totally unique’, said a parent, describing his son’s...

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Dunhurst is the prep school to Bedales, set within the same grounds a few minutes walk from the main school. Founded in 1905 years ago, Dunhurst remains a forward-thinking school where children are encouraged to work independently without the rigour of regular exams. The school has a strong reputation for sciences, drama and music and for producing well-rounded and confident children. Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie sits alongside the Prep School and caters from 2 years 9 months in the Nursery to age 8. Dunannie is the starting point of the Bedales approach to education. Described as “an outpost of heaven down the road”, Dunannie inspires children by learning through doing in a community based on mutual respect. ...Read more

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Headmistress

At Dunhurst since 2011, Jane Grubb, previously of Hurstpierpoint and Brockenhurst. Always had an eye on Bedales, and has clearly found her nirvana. ‘I wanted to be Jane’, said the head, talking about her friendly collaboration with children. Parents say - ‘I have an enormous amount of time for her’; ‘it’s clear how much she cares for children and ethos of school, and making [the children] better people’. Has a super sense of humour - a great attribute in a prep school head.

Leaving in July 2017. Her successor will be Colin Baty, currently head of Great Walstead Prep in Sussex. He has previously taught at the prep, and his wife, Debbie, at the pre-prep, before moving to Moreton Hall, where he was deputy head.

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Special Education Needs

The Academic Support Department at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, aims to ensure that every pupil achieves the highest standards possible through tailoring learning to individual need, interest and aptitude. Support is provided for pupils who, whilst able to access the school curriculum, may need extra help due to a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a lack of confidence in a particular aspect of their work. Teaching and learning strategies are matched closely to the individual’s needs and are designed to build confidence and self-esteem. Support can be given in a variety of ways including, on a one-to-one basis, in a small group and within the classroom. The department is staffed by experienced, specialist teachers who all hold additional qualifications to cater for pupils with a range of needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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
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 Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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