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Main building a rambling 1880 hunting lodge, set in 11 acres of exquisite grounds – not in the fancy sense, but just dreamsville for little people, with magnificent, mature low-hanging trees practically screaming out to be climbed on (and which they are, joy of joys, allowed to do). Lots of fresh air, smiley faces, slightly grazed knees and heaps of praise are order of the day at this unpretentious school that is anything but precious. Cross-country a particular strength; one girl, in her break time, even insisted on showing us just how fast she could run...

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What the school says...

Carrdus School, owned by Tudor Hall, is situated in beautiful surroundings on the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire borders, close to Banbury. Children make excellent progress academically and thus results are very high, with scholarships to a range of leading schools. Outdoor Learning forms a big part of school life alongside Art, Music and Drama and Sport is taken seriously, with teams competing to a high standard. There is a big focus on the individual and every child follows his or her own 'Carrdus Pathway' - a school based program focusing on personal development and key life skills. ...Read more

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Since 2012, Edward Way BSc (40s). Educated at Radley College and King’s College, where he read geology. After a stint in the film business, he decided in his late 20s to follow in the footsteps of his teacher wife, Georgina (now SENCo at the school). PGCE at University of Bath, followed by posts at Cothill, Chandlings, Cheam School and Lambrook School, then 10 years as head at Great Tew Primary School, 12 miles away.

A self-proclaimed ‘hardcore educationalist’ (‘I had to be to turn around a struggling state school’), one gets the impression that he spends a lot of time shaking off the ‘muddy boots at the expense of proper learning’ (as one parent put it) reputation Carrdus used to have. So far so good, with parents – who mostly describe...

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Special Education Needs

SEN to us covers both ends of the spectrum: from gifted-and-talented to pupils with quite a level of learning difficulties. Our provision aims to meet needs as fully as possible; which will be some one-to-one work with ALL children in school, and individual or small-group work with a number of them. Three teachers work in this way, one each for English, Maths and Science. A further two teachers give general support or extension work. This additional tuition, given at our discretion, is a "value-added" part of our normal school curriculum, usually much enjoyed by the children concerned. 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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