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Lessons we dropped in on revealed sound and solid teaching, with motivated and engaged children – year 6s confidently reading out their English comprehension, year 5s with heads buried in colourful maths workbooks, year 4s immersed in technical wizardry in a computing class and year 3s enjoying some carpet time debating their latest storybook. ‘My worry was that the school would be too pushy, but it’s really not about having a 10-year-old that’s way ahead of everyone else as much as creating rounded and nice people who reach their potential,’ said one parent. Without the 11+ and 13+ fever pitch that other preps endure, pupils are able to dive down rabbit holes in their learning. Also leaves time for…

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Headmaster of the junior school

Since 2014, Matthew Robinson (40s), previously deputy head. ‘Flamboyant,’ ‘lovely,’ and ‘a massive sell for the school,’ say parents, who can’t get enough of his newsletter sign offs which are always along the lines of ‘Go climb a tree’ (one of his latest projects is expanding outdoor education, with all-new classroom in the woods). Chatty and cheerful, he is also a stickler for no homework in holidays. ‘He’s all about the kids – I’d be very, very upset if he left,’ said a mother.

Nearly won a world record when we visited, for – drum roll, please – stacking mini-marshmallows. The current record, we learned in a lively year 7 led assembly on Guinness World Records – is five, and by Jove he nearly beat it! No...

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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