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Pastoral care is in the bones of this school with clear focus on development of balanced and resilient individuals who have been well equipped for life inside and outside the classroom. One parent told us that Colfe’s is a ‘360˚education’: a balance of academic, pastoral and extra curricular. Vertical tutoring throughout senior school matches sixth form mentors with newbies in year 7. ‘Ahead of most schools on...


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Entrance examination consists of: 11 + Maths & English. Also 16+. Scholarships: 11+ and16+.

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Since 2005, Richard Russell MA. Admits that teaching wasn’t exactly calling him as a vocation when he started out fresh from Cambridge with a classics degree, but it was the only profession he could think of that would guarantee long summer holidays and thus enable him to indulge his passion for Mediterranean archaeology. He and his wife Alison have since acquired a property in Sicily and his love of classics remains undiminished. We are told that junior Colfeians are both enthralled and delighted when Mr Russell joins their assemblies, gowned and headmasterly, and full of tales of derring–do from ancient times.

He arrived at Colfe’s via prestigious Sevenoaks School in Kent and latterly Forest School, another co-ed independent near Epping. His lilt reflects an upbringing in Belfast rather than Lothian,...

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Special Education Needs

The School must be fully informed of any diagnosed learning difficulties at the time of application. Reasonable adjustments may be offered to pupils in entrance assessments, provided that this is on the recommendation of an Educational Psychologist's or other relevant professional’s report. The scripts of pupils with SEN are scrutinised specifically and sympathetically as part of the selection procedure. The School will discuss thoroughly with parents (and their child's medical advisers, if appropriate) the adjustments that can reasonably be made for the child if they become a pupil at the School, to ensure that the prospective pupil is not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a pupil who is not disadvantaged because of a disability. There may be exceptional circumstances in which we are not able to offer a place for reasons relating to a child’s condition. For example, if, despite reasonable adjustments, we feel that a prospective pupil is not going to be able to access the education offered, or that their health and safety or those of other pupils or staff may be put at risk, we reserve the right to decline a place at the School.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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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