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 Stellar results at both GCSE and A level give the school the reputation as the best in the locality academically, although any suggestion of hothousing is quickly scorned. ‘It’s a clever child’s school but doesn’t feel intense or pressurised,’ said one parent. Drama takes place in Ferndale Theatre, where we watched GCSE students immersed in small play practice – stirring stuff and in the spirit of a true fourth wall, they seemed completely oblivious to us. Every parent we spoke to described sport as the school’s weak point. ‘The coaching…

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since 2015, Roland Martin (early 50s). Grew up in a council house and won a Foundation scholarship to Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire, where he loved boarding. Read English at York, ‘where everyone said I should be a teacher, but I was stubborn and male and didn’t want to do anything I was told to.’ So worked as an assistant manager in a bar instead until his boss sat him down after a shift ‘to help me work out what I wanted to do’. Was about to embark on PGCE when he was offered a job at Newcastle-under-Lyme School and learned on the job instead. Six years later, he got ‘another lucky break’, this time at Eton, ‘which is not known for taking people like me but they said I had one of the best...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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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