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Museum-quality exhibitions make corridors places to linger, sciences especially, with row upon row of vintage equipment (stroboscope, Butchard Balance); antique glass chemical bottles and jars of different life forms – sponges to vertebrates - by the yard, all the work of the school’s team of dedicated technicians (think house elves but with total autonomy) with an exceptional sense of order and desire to label, name and cross reference. Even vintage wooden benches in one of the biology labs gleam. ‘Technicians come in, sand them down and polish them each holiday,‘ says teacher... 

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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 2018, Alan Bird. First headship. Original childhood ambition to be a high flyer - as a pilot - has been amply, if differently, fulfilled. After reading economics at Cambridge (it was that or music as a degree), decided on education as a career after teaching at his old school between completing his degree and taking his master’s. Manages to have ‘a hinterland’ – enjoys travel, skiing and is a bit of a foodie, as well as retaining an abiding interest in politics.

Started at Tonbridge School in 2002 as an economics and politics teacher, was promoted to head of politics in 2004, also taking in roles as an assistant housemaster and school magazine editor as well as coordinating Oxbridge admissions for arts and humanities and looking after bursaries programme....

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Special Education Needs

There is appropriate provision for academically able children who have a diagnostic profile of an SEN or disability, and many are able to thrive at CLS. The learning support department provides support on a case-by-case basis, ranging from the provision of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements to weekly lessons with a specialist teacher. Parents are encouraged to inform us of their son's learning difficulties at the time of registration and to submit any relevant specialist or educational psychologists' reports so that we can provide appropriate support through the admissions process.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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