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Despite its non-selective intake, results overall are selective-school strong with ‘value added’ even stronger. All lessons are two-hours long - ‘It provides a more focused atmosphere and helps with organisation’ – and all classes mixed ability. Very strong reputation for art – pupils have won top prize in the Royal College of Art Young Artist competition twice – and budding talent is nurtured in a picturesque pitch-roofed studio. Some sport, though definitely not the place for ...

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Since 2012, Dr Sally Powell BA (Royal Holloway), PGCE, MPhil, DPhil (Oxon). Charming and vivacious, she has been at Collingham for two decades and very much sets a tone of calm, welcoming reason. Raised in Guildford, she had an unconventional educational trajectory, beginning her first degree (in English literature) aged 24. ‘I worked in bar jobs. It gives you a new perspective, and an understanding there’s not just one path.’ Her own route then clearly became focused, and after a PGCE from Oxford and a spell teaching in a state school, she returned to the dreaming spires to complete her Master’s and PhD. While looking for a permanent academic post, she landed at Collingham. ‘I found I was doing university-like teaching with really interesting students and I was hooked.’

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Special Education Needs

We can give effective learning support to those with mild learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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