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Jolly art room, variety of different disciplines, fabric strong and fun fashion on display (amazing: superb waistcoats: would have taken one home had it been offered), kiln. CAD part of the syllabus. Music important - all learn glockenspiel, guitar or drums in six week chunks or they sing. Terrific and popular choir (though head admits that music has ‘dropped a tad’. Orchestra (and junior orchestra - based on ability not age) - good charity concert output.

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What the school says...

At Belmont House School we encourage excellence in each individual with small class sizes, family orientated values and an individual approach to education. We offer a completely personal learning environment where the individual is of paramount importance. After-School Tutorials are offered in every subject in the Senior School and also in the Junior School.

The School has an enviable reputation as a caring establishment and this environment, coupled with the individual approach to education, allows each pupil to flourish and achieve his or her full potential. Pupils are encouraged to excel in academic subjects, outdoor education, drama, the arts and sports. A wide range of extra-curricular activities allows each pupil to expand their interests and opportunities, laying strong foundations for their future.

It is only by visiting the School that you can experience the distinctive approach to education and prospective pupils are encouraged to attend a Taster Day. This allows your child to work with his or her potential classmates for a day and enjoy the Belmont House experience first hand.

The main points of entry to the School are Nursery, Junior 1, Transitus and Senior 1, but applications are most welcome at any stage in your childs school career. Pupils are offered places at all stages throughout the academic year, subject to availability, and the School would encourage you to contact them at any time.
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Since 2006, Melvyn D Shanks (early 50s) BSc DipEd MInstP CPhys SQH, who was educated at The High School of Glasgow, read physics and maths at Glasgow University (a 'lapsed physicist', he still teaches maths 'a little bit') followed by Strathclyde - ridiculously overqualified. Spent five years at his alma mater before coming to Belmont as head of physics in 1990, then deputy head in 1997, and says that 'the most difficult thing was to move from being in the common room to becoming deputy head'. 'Really, really excited', though it was slightly daunting 'becoming CEO'. When asked if ever he felt ‘it was the time to move on’, another opportunity opened at Belmont and ‘it was irresistible’. Loves his pupils: each of our questions was answered with a story. Willie this, Ahmed that....

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Special Education Needs

Strong, proactive learning support provision across the School and across the ability range. Good communication between staff re. all pupils with additional support needs. Nov 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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