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School says it operates on a principle of ‘teach-up and scaffold down’, with the small size allowing them to tailor teaching to each pupil’s needs. ‘It feels like they are getting personal tuition’, said a parent; another adding that ‘the teachers are really friendly and fun’. They told us that ‘you don’t have that ramped up sense of competition you can feel with other London schools, but the children still do really well’. We witnessed some exciting hands-on lessons, including a lively RE class making Lenten pretzels and years 5 and 6 working with Microbits and Scratch coding software. A native speaker teaches French across the school in the formal ‘French way’ with a focus on grammar from year 3, so pupils ‘end up with a proper grasp of the language, rather than...

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What the school says...

What sets Cameron Vale apart from other schools is our distinctive family atmosphere and nurturing ethos which celebrates the individual and strives to unlock each child’s true potential.

Driven by the belief that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is limiting and supported by our small class sizes which allow each child to shine, we are able to ensure children are known for who they are and develop their own gifts and talents; whether it be excelling in the classroom, on the sports field or the stage.

Whilst recognising that outcomes matter, we also know that the memories of a child’s time with us will last a lifetime. Our aim is to ensure that, at the end of each child’s time with us, they feel that Cameron Vale has made a positive difference to their character, thinking and outlook; that the school has shaped who they will become.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2023, Alison Melrose, who has over 25 years’ experience in co-ed and single sex London preps. Educated at North London Collegiate School, trained at Durham University with a geography specialism. Taught at Norland Place, then Broomwood Hall in London where she became head at just 28 and stayed for eight years. Side-stepped to work across the Northwood Schools group in admissions, marketing and comms, then director of operations. Joined Cognita in 2017, overseeing major development projects at five London schools, and was the founding head at Prince’s Gardens prep in Kensington, which involved converting a Grade II building overgrown with trees.

Her tiny office is filled with the smell of gardenia (a scented candle) and a cushioned window seat, an inviting perch for visitors. Everything is calm, neat and reassuring....

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Special Education Needs

Special provision is made for the bright dyslexic and dyspraxic. A 'Gifted and Talented' programme is provided for exceptional pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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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