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Bishop Wordsworths Grammar School

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‘Salisbury is like a big village and this school is woven into the local tapestry,’ says Dr Smallwood. No other state academy in England enjoys the privilege of residing inside a cathedral close. ‘Exceptional’ and ‘exemplary’ are the words we heard most often from parents with regards to pastoral care. ‘They want the boys to excel without falling apart,’ a parent told us. Plenty of kit washing will be the norm...

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What the school says...

Bishop Wordsworth's School offers a high quality education for boys in South Wiltshire & West Hampshire. Quality of learning and teaching is very high across the full range of the curriculum and results are very strong compared to other selective schools in terms of both grades and value added. The school is in the Cathedral Close, and many school events are held in the Cathedral each year.

Sport and Music are both very active and strong. Many pupils gain representative honours at county, regional and even national levels in a number of sports, especially rugby. From September 2020 the Sixth Form has become coeducational; there are currently approximately 30% girls in Year 12 and 13.
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Since 2002, Dr Stuart Smallwood (50s) BSc PhD PGCE NPQH. To put flesh on the bones of this string of letters after his name, he initially gained a degree in earth sciences from Leeds – his enduring love of geology attested by a gallery of rocky trophies on his windowsill – and followed this up with a doctorate from Cambridge. After setting out on a career in research, a brief but perhaps unsurprisingly unhappy detour to HMRC saw him jump ship for teaching. Hailing from Kent an area rich in selective education, he’s very much a grammar school man. He rose from classroom teacher to head of faculty at Sir Thomas Rich’s School in Gloucester, before joining Bishop’s as deputy head 21 years ago.

Dr Smallwood strikes an imposing figure....

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Special Education Needs

A qualified Learning Support Co-ordinator works full time to support boys with barriers to learning at any level within school. Provision is focused on helping those who face difficulties with hand writing, spelling, organisation etc. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
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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