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High-ceilinged classrooms, old wooden desks and iPads – teaching and learning at Cheltenham College Prep is a creative mix of the best of traditional methods and the latest technology. In consultation with parents the head has re-instated French classes for the youngest children, brought back ‘proper’ prize-giving (we saw the new trophies in his study), revived the very popular school musical which had ‘got lost’ and appointed a director of co-curricular activities to beef up this aspect of provision. Longer-term plans involve…

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Since 2013, Jonathan Whybrow BEd (50s). Educated at St Paul’s School and ‘loved every minute.’ Joined the Royal Marines and then studied for a BEd in physical education and geography at Exeter. Much of his early career was spent at schools in or near London including Latymer Upper, Emanuel School, Devonshire House Prep (where he was deputy head). Previous headships at City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead and then Beachborough School, Northamptonshire. Married with two daughters, one at the school.

The headship of Cheltenham College Prep has been through a rather uneasy time but, cross everything, Mr W is a keeper. He set his sights on the school as early as 1999 when he attended a conference here and ‘fell in love.’ He says that he knew there and then that...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department has been created to ensure that we provide each child with the opportunity to fulfil his or her individual potential, by creating a secure and sensitive environment for effective learning, in order to assist them to function in our mainstream school. We aim to develop a positive attitude towards learning by providing support where appropriate to develop self-esteem and general self-confidence. To achieve this, the pupils are provided with programmes to develop improved techniques and address areas of difficulty. From entry, our assessment procedure allows us to monitor progress to ensure each child’s requirements are catered for. We provide small group teaching, in class support and individual teaching and work very closely with subject staff, and class teachers, to ensure continuity within the curriculum.

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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