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Caterham School

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It’s ‘learning and teaching’ here: learning comes first. School making pupils think for themselves (shock horror), encouraging ‘productive struggle’. Enrichment dovetails with all of it, pulling out those juicy bits that otherwise fall between the gaps. ‘Wellbeing is foundational – success follows,’ says school, which holds a National Children’s Bureau Wellbeing Award (‘there are 64 criteria: this is real, not glossy PR’). Very uncomplicated approach to inclusivity. Discipline similarly common-sense and modern: ‘Suspension is rehabilitating,’ says school, though they didn’t seem to us to be a particularly naughty bunch. A family-orientated school. ‘It’s a big school in a small valley,’ laughs one mum, ‘so you get to know each other well.'

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What the school says...

Our mission statement at Caterham School is 'to provide an education for life in a Christian environment as the finest co-educational school in the country' and we feel ourselves to be firmly on the path to achieving that aim. Excellent A-Level results have positioned us as one of the top co-educational independent schools in the UK. All students progress to university with 85% going to one in the 'top tier'. Caterham School is, however, about much more than just academic excellence. We strive to develop the pupil as a whole person thereby helping to prepare them for life at university and beyond. ...Read more

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Since 2015, Ceri Jones. Educated at a Bradford comprehensive; thence to Cambridge for a degree in history and a football blue. ‘I didn’t get that ‘I’ve got to be a teacher’ thing immediately and probably didn’t appreciate just how much education transformed my life, but I loved history and I loved sport,’ – and we all know where that leads, don’t we? Off to Godolphin and Latymer, Bancroft’s, Caterham (as head of history). Eleven years at Tonbridge, latterly as second master, from where he was seconded to lead the Marsh Academy (a non-selective state academy in Kent). Then the big job at Caterham came up, and he was back for a second stint. Wife still at Tonbridge as head of politics; two daughters in their early 20s.

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Special Education Needs

Caterham School is a high achieving, academic school from which most pupils go on to the universities of their first choice. Pupils with mild Specific Learning Difficulties are catered for individually by qualified specialist staff. The SEN provision we provide depends on a pupil’s Specific Learning Difficulty having been formally diagnosed; it ranges from 1:1 support to group support within the classroom. All subject staff are kept informed and up to date with effective learning and teaching strategies and are skilled at coping with pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. 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 Y
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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