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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. One parent told us that ‘children are encouraged to express their own opinions,’ so we put this to the test and asked a few what they thought about their school. ‘There are loads of new activities’, ‘We have a proper roast on Sunday'...

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Since September 2018, Tom O’Sullivan, previously head of Old Buckenham Hall. Educated at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham and Durham University where he read law; people always said that he would become a teacher but, for a while, he resisted, spending an extra year at Durham as JCR president before deciding that a career spent in a quest for silk was not for him. Work began in a variety of roles: as a graduate trainee for WH Smith, for a recruitment firm in Singapore, and in drug education for a pharmaceutical company. He then followed his destiny, taking a PGCE, specialising in science, at Homerton College, Cambridge. Here he discovered in the first 10 seconds of his first lesson that 'the buzz from teaching' was better than anything he had previously experienced in his...

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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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