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Lessons were engaging and relevant: a geography class was considering the difficulties in getting an agreement signed post COP 26, a French class was having its accent honed by a native speaker. Our eyes popped.... Seven pitches, netball and tennis courts and Astro on levelled ground run down to the river forming one boundary of the school. It was founded by Edward Colston himself in 1710 ‘in order to prepare boys from “poor families” for meaningful apprenticeships’. Though Colston’s legacy is unquestionably complex... 

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Colston's is a happy, thriving & busy co-educational day school, with all facilities set within our beautiful 30-acre site.

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Since 2014, Jeremy McCullough MA (Oxon) PGCE (early 50s). Educated at a Nottingham comprehensive with a degree in chemistry from Oxford, he switched to maths for his PGCE at Cambridge, the springboard to an impressive trajectory of schools, starting with Bishop Stortford High School, then a jump into the independent sector (Fettes as a housemaster and Lancing, where he cut his teeth for headship) where he remains. ‘I enjoy being able to concentrate on coaching and the pastoral side as well as teaching,’ he told us.

Alas, we don’t have room for the much longer, more entertaining, account of his career that he sent before our visit but you can find his jocular style on the school’s website. Not that the jocularity strays into flippancy – this is a man unambiguously...

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Special Education Needs

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

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