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Parents range from diverse international community to ecstatic locals, often first time buyers, thrilled about what school has done for their children. All aware that school still seen as second choice. While near neighbours have sought solid A grade glory, here they’ve carried on with broader ability range (many are around the national average). ‘Not right for families who want everything in neat and tidy boxes,’ thought mother. ‘It’s not draconian here. You’re doing it because…

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What the school says...

Box Hill School is a proud founder member of the Round Square, an international organisation of over 110 schools united by a set of IDEALS : Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental concern, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

What makes Box Hill School stand out is that we discover and nurture the talents and abilities of every pupil, so they all achieve their potential in the classroom, on the sports field or through interactions with other pupils. Our teaching is excellent (as verified by the Independent Schools Inspectorate), with teachers ensuring they adapt their classes and homework to each individual and their particular needs and learning style. This is backed up with strong pastoral support for each pupil, with every child being assigned to a House, complete with Houseparent, common room and leisure/recreation facilities.

Sports and activities outside the classroom are varied and exciting and form an important part of our pupils' education - for example, we run a 'Rocket Club' where pupils get to build (and fire) their own rockets and a 'Harry Potter' club, where younger pupils mix science and magic to make their own potions and special effects! More physical activities in the shape of rock climbing and fencing are also typical amongst the 50 or so activities available.

Years 10 and above are able to carry out an overseas expedition each summer term. Pupils may also have the opportunity to participate in Round Square expeditions, carrying out community based activities in locations such as Peru, South Africa and India, as well as take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The school has an holistic approach to education where academic achievement is at the core of all that we do but time is given over to developing those aspects of a pupil's character which can set them apart from the crowd whether it be in the fields of sport, art, music or culture.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Visual Arts at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since April 2014, Mr Corydon Lowde BSc, MEd, NPQH (40s), previously school’s deputy head who took over following sudden departure of predecessor. Before that, nearly three years’ handy overseas experience in similar role at British International School of Boston, preceded by seven-year stint at Hampshire Collegiate School, starting career at large state comprehensive.

‘Has a vision he wants to share’ and ‘never tires of talking about what we’re doing.’ Hours he’s putting in (lots of them) paying off, thought insider. ‘School is going up.’ Was ‘gutted’ that had to speak on the phone (in hospital having wonky knee put right on day of visit) as meeting best way of ‘understanding where all that energy is coming from and where the school is going.’

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Special Education Needs

Box Hill has a long tradition of supporting pupils with special needs, particularly those with dyslexia. We offer tuition on site by withdrawing pupils from lessons, usually on a one to one basis on a rotational system. The majority receive one or two forty minute lessons a week. GCSE and A level students often have one, one hour lesson a week outside their academic timetable. At present, there are four specialist teachers who have well-equipped rooms. The constant liaison between the specialist teachers and all members of the teaching and House staff helps form a relaxed and effective working environment in which the pupils can maximise their potential. Nov 09.

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
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
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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