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Students we met were serious and determined – some shy, some more assured, but all unassuming and likeable, and they clearly adore the school. One mother felt you can be anything here – ‘quirky, nerdy, it doesn’t matter as everyone is a minority of some sort, so nobody stands out.’ After the weekly Saturday morning tests teachers are bombarded by students wanting to know how to move their 98 per cent to 100 per cent. In practically every Monday morning class we dropped in on, each wrong answer was dissected and remedied. Students appreciate the small class sizes of 10-15 – ‘it means the teachers know us and, more importantly, our learning styles – they constantly adapt to get us the best results.’ The pace is fast and teachers often get through…

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Concord College is an international boarding school with superb facilities and a very powerful work ethic. Concord College is fully committed to the development of the self-confidence of the individual student and their talents. It aims to educate students to be highly successful and well-rounded young people who are ready for the next stage of their lives. ...Read more

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Since 2021, Dr Michael Truss, previously deputy head (academic) at Barnard Castle. MPhys degree in physics from Oxford and a PhD in theoretical astrophysics from Leicester, followed by postdoctoral research at St Andrews and a teaching fellowship at Durham. Became a maths teacher at Bedales in 2007, rising through the ranks to head of academic enrichment.

Predictably grand office with views to die for, but this is not a head that needs to get over himself. He happily made our coffee (most get their PAs to do it) and thought nothing of starting his meeting in the drafty area outside the conference room when he realised we were still in there. Parents don’t have a strong sense of him - ‘probably because most of us live overseas’ - but students...

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Special Education Needs

Concord College recognises that academically-able students may also have difficulties in particular areas and we believe firmly that having such difficulties should not be a barrier to realising their considerable academic potential. All students entering Concord will have performed well on our entrance tests and have evidence of academic capability from their previous schools. Concord has a dedicated SEN coordinator who oversees support for students who require it. Small class sizes, and a philosophy which aims to educate each and every student as an individual, lead to an environment where those of our students who have special educational needs can thrive, alongside their colleagues. Concord is able to provide support to students with a range of different special educational needs. Concord College strives to fully realise the potential of all of its students; the vast majority of whom are extremely able and who experience few, if any, learning difficulties. However we do have a large number of students, as an international College, who require support in English as an Additional Language (EAL). Furthermore, we have a small number of pupils who require SEN support for dyslexia or dyspraxia. This support takes the form of close monitoring and the provision of some extra classes targeting literacy and numeracy skills. Our small class sizes (averaging 1 teacher to fewer than 14 students last year) make regular one-to-one teacher support the norm within lessons.

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