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A marmite option - and certainly unusual - in this area of the Surrey hills, on account of welcoming the all and sundries who wouldn’t necessarily get a place in the harder-nosed, results-driven schools. Unlike near neighbours that seek solid A grade glory, this school is of the opinion that ‘the equivalent to an old-fashioned C grade can be a huge success for some and we celebrate that’. That’s not to say pupils underperform or that the pupil cohort doesn’t include extreme cleverness – far from it...

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What the school says...

Box Hill School is a co-educational day, weekly and full boarding school for girls and boys aged 11-18. We are proud to be a founding member of Round Square, a global network of schools that share a passion for learning through experience and character education. Formed in 1966, it bases its educational philosophy on the teachings of educationalist Kurt Hahn. The Round Square approach doesn’t just focus on what is taught but rather how learning takes place. We follow this philosophy and live by its IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

This ethos of holistic education develops life-long skills as well as academic success. We see this in our students as they develop into confident, resilient and well-rounded young men and women.

Excellent pastoral care is intrinsic to everything we do and our commitment to the wellbeing of students is very strong. We offer a vast array of activities which are timetabled into the school day, students can choose from over 50 options each term and are encouraged to try new things.

Our focus is on achieving the best academic outcome for each student and ensuring each student fulfils their full potential. In the sixth form we offer both the A Level and International Baccalaureate programmes. We work closely with our families and provide guidance and support to help with decisions about further education choices.
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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2014, Corydon Lowde BSc MEd NPQH, previously school’s deputy head – as such has ‘spent my entire 40s at the school’. 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.

A teacher from the off (management, part of his degree, was the career that got away), he is mild-mannered and slightly quirky with the kind of self-deprecating British humour (honed, no doubt, during own schooldays at Dragon and Frensham Heights) that must make international parents want to take him home gift-wrapped in a Burberry bag. (Should really be Duchamp, he says, a loyal fan of their ties, socks and, indeed, ‘pochettes’.)

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Box Hill School has a long tradition of supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties. We offer targeted 1:1 tuition on site by withdrawing pupils from lessons on a rotation. Learning support sessions last 55 minutes. Most pupils who receive support attend for one lesson a week with a specialist teacher for literacy, study skills or maths. Zones of regulation and speech and language therapy are also offered. The department comprises a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo), a deputy SENCo and five specialist teachers. Our speech and language therapist provides one-to-one therapy and three learning support assistants offer in-class support across the curriculum in Years 7 to 11. The department is located in a quiet area of the school campus. Pupil monitoring and liaison between the specialist teachers and all members of the teaching and pastoral staff provide a relaxed and effective working environment in which pupils are supported to achieve their potential.

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

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