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Copthill embraces outdoor learning. ‘On warm summer days children should not be cooped up inside,’ says the principal. The curriculum is still followed but a lot can be done outside, and it is. ‘Whatever they learn in the classroom is taken outside.’ There are Roman forts and genuine Roman remains, trenches and battlefields for history (even a smoke grenade), an Anderson shelter, the river for damming and kayaking. You think it, they will be outside doing it. The younger children spend more time…

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What the school says...

From our humble beginnings in 1969 around the kitchen table at Copthill Farm, our school has grown steadily and today, Copthill School is a thriving, purpose-built independent school, catering for 300 boys and girls aged between 2 and 11. Still situated on the 350 acre farm land and under the direction of the same founding family, our unique location is innovatively used to enhance the education we offer. To this day, we have never lost that original family atmosphere, nor our founder’s deeply ingrained commitment to a truly well-rounded education. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Principal Jonathan Teesdale is part of the family consortium that owns the school. Set up originally by his mother as a nursery school in 1969 at the family’s farmhouse on their dairy farm, it morphed into a junior school, initially for up to 7-year-olds. It has been at its present site in the corner of the farm since 1991. After a business degree and PGCE, Jonathan was teaching in Dorset but returned to Copthill at the tender age of 25 when his mother wanted to take a step back and the then head didn’t work out. ‘It was a case of come home and run the school or mother would sell it.’ He’s been here ever since, initially as the head and now as the principal as the school has grown and evolved. His...

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Special Education Needs

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