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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. The whole idea of jaw (a weekly lively discussion forum with a speaker) seems made for the self-assured to fly, reflected in a  parent’s comment that this is a school which would best suit those who know their own minds, are self-motivated, and not easily influenced by their peers...

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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


At Dunhurst since September 2017, Colin Baty, previously head of Great Walstead Prep in Sussex. He taught at the prep, and his wife, Debbie, at the pre-prep, before moving to Moreton Hall, where he was deputy head.

At Dunannie since 2010, Jo Webbern, who worked before at Ibstock Place. ‘Very lovely and approachable, great with children’, said a parent. ‘A look or a word from Jo means a lot to these children - they don’t want to let Jo down’. Has ‘commit-tea’ every Wednesday with four of year 3, to discuss ideas - ‘how about a zip wire in the orchard’, suggested one. ‘I’ve got a zip wire at home’, said another. ‘We’ll all go around to yours then’, said the head brightly. Jo is very careful to write everything down:...

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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
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 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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