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Wherever you are, great city buildings look in at you through many windows. And the river light is likewise inescapable. The building - which seemed over-warm and airless to us on a mild spring day - is wearing well. Sports and arts praised unreservedly by parents despite the trek to the school's main sports centre at Eltham. 'They do fantastic things with them. The music tours are amazing.' Economics and drama the only concessions to the more 'modern' subjects - no psychology, business or other 'studies'....

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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 January 2018, Alan Bird, previously deputy head at Brighton College, and responsible for much of the college's day-to-day management. He has also been head of sixth form there. First class degree in economics from Cambridge and a masters from LSE, where he was an Economic and Social Research Council scholar. Has also taught economics at his alma mater, RGS Guildford, and spent eight years as head of politics at Tonbridge. He is a pianist up to diploma standard and a proficient cellist and organist, a good skier, swimmer and squash player. He is very interested in politics, especially US politics.

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Offers A levels - but a move to Pre-U is on the way, initially with biology, history and RS. Others may well follow. All in the sixth can opt to take the Extended...

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Special Education Needs

Those with milder forms of specific learning difficulties have managed well in the past. There is a full-time member of staff who offers Learning Support to boys who need it, but it should be emphasised that the School does not have extensive specialist SEN facilities. Parents are encouraged to inform us of their son's learning difficulties at the time of registration and to submit to us any relevant educational psychologists' reports so that we may take this into consideration at interview. 09-09

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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