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 ‘It’s a very nice place to be,’ agreed our tour guide, as we paused to admire the wonderful wood-panelled entrance hall. Despite this, the campus has a modern feel to it: lots of new buildings. The school was founded to care for orphans, so boarding is part of the original statute and must be provided. However, it’s fair to say that the current residents are rather different to those in 1854. Almost all today’s boarders are paying full fees and hail from overseas. No feel of being a pressure-cooker, and parents and pupils alike praised the way that academic performance was achieved without undue stress. ‘You don’t feel that you’re lacking if you’re not in the top set...'

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Electronics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Electronics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Computer Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)


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Since 2015, Mr Roland Martin (40s), cheerful, communicative, intellectual, and thoroughly likeable. Grew up in a council house and won a Foundation scholarship to Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire, where he was a boarder, got involved with everything and had a wonderful time. Read English at York and was about to embark on a PGCE when he was offered a job at Newcastle-under-Lyme School and decided to learn on the job instead. Six years there were followed by 13 years at Eton, where he taught English and drama, and was also head of year 11 and a housemaster. Returned to his alma mater Rendcomb in 2011 as headmaster, so well versed in the demands of the role before moving to Freemen’s four years later. Married to Kerri, who works at the school as outreach officer,...

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Special Education Needs

The School is committed to providing a challenging co-educational environment where all pupils are encouraged to reach their potential, irrespective of ability or special educational needs. Pupils in the Junior School who are struggling with aspects of the curriculum may receive support with handwriting, Maths or English. Pupils in the Senior School who are identified as having a special educational need are eligible for specialist curriculum support from the teacher in charge of learning support. Support is offered with numeracy and literacy skills, mind-mapping, essay writing, note-taking and revision skills. With additional support the pupils are able to reach their full potential in the classroom and in external exams. 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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