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We caught the youngest members of the Clifton community seated at tiny tables eating healthy snacks of fruit with the utmost decorum and apparent enjoyment. A thematic and values-based curriculum with classrooms decked out in ever more imaginative ways (space, dinosaur habitat) make learning truly fun: even the so-called ‘grammar hammer’ work sheet was engaging the kids. We were much taken by the incitement to rebellion encouraged by the study of Animal Farm, even if the head looked somewhat uneasy. Masses of opportunities to take part, perform and compete if that’s your thing: a talented young pianist wowed everyone at the celebration assembly the day we visited...

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Since 2018, Jim Walton BA PGCE (late 40s). Brought up in Warwickshire and an old boy of Warwick school, Mr Walton went north for his university studies, with a first degree (business studies) from Sheffield and a PGCE from Manchester Met. A couple of years as education officer at the Lost Gardens of Heligan on graduation lit his path into primary teaching, then he spent several years at Cheltenham College Junior School, latterly as a housemaster, thence to Elizabeth College Guernsey as deputy head before his first appointment to headship there. ‘I wasn’t really looking for a change,’ he said of the Clifton job, ‘but I liked the fact that it was properly co-ed and had a mix of boarding and day.’ Integration (of the prep, pre-prep and nursery) and streamlining (of staff and...

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Special Education Needs

Learning development at Clifton College Preparatory School is provided through in-class support, learning support group lessons, and one-to-one or shared tuition in our specially equipped department. Our dedicated and friendly staff are trained to help children with mild/moderate learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia. We also have a school counsellor and a visiting speech and language therapist as part of our team. Learning support is charged as an extra.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
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

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