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One father told us how he’d always intended to send his children to the college, ‘but decided just to have a look at the prep and it was a bit like going from black and white to glorious Technicolor – we couldn’t unsee it and moved them immediately.’ Small classes and regular discreet testing ensure pupils progress at their own rate. Teachers are smiley and animated. One of the best learning support departments we’ve seen in a prep – a two-storey facility with multiple, vibrant, well-resourced (games, fidget toys, learning aids etc) rooms to…

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Since 2018, Tom O’Sullivan LLB PGCE. Comes from a family of teachers, so did the inevitable and initially resisted, reading law at Durham and joining the graduate milk round instead. But after failing to enjoy big-shot roles at the likes of WH Smith and in investment banking (at one time, with a flat overlooking Singapore harbour), he ‘finally let my family prove me wrong’. Knew ‘within 10 seconds into my first lesson that I’d never do anything else’, but remains grateful for ‘my knowledge of the world because of the stories I can tell – although it’s so tempting to embellish them to the children that I’ve lost track of what’s actually true!’

Started out at Beaudesert Park as science teacher (teaching drama and coaching sport on the side), thence to...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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 Y
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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