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The head sets great store by keeping in close touch with parents, standing outside the front of school most mornings and insisting that all tutors speak to every parent either face to face or on the phone during the first week of every term. ‘I bore the staff by saying they should use email as little as possible,’ he says. ‘If it’s positive news then an email is fine but if there is a concern then we must speak to parents. I want us to be accessible and to listen...’ 

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Since 2018, Tom O’Sullivan LLB PGCE (40s), previously head of Old Buckenham Hall in Suffolk. Educated at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham and Durham University, where he read law. Most of his family are teachers but he resisted the idea for a while, first working as a graduate trainee for WH Smith and then as a headhunter in investment banking. ‘I had a flat overlooking Singapore Harbour at the age of 23 but I hated my job,’ he says. He followed his destiny and at 26 did a PGCE at Cambridge. ‘It was the easiest decision in the world,’ he says. ‘It was so obvious to everybody except me that I should become a teacher and ten seconds into my first lesson I knew I wouldn’t do anything else.’

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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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