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So what makes Cothill stand out? It’s traditional, but never stuffy. Posh, but down to earth. Low profile locally, but well known to the cognoscenti. Proudly full-boarding, but surprisingly flexible. ‘There’s no hierarchy in the school’, a beaming parent told us, ‘and that includes among the staff’. The range of sport on offer is immense. If the main games, rugby, football, hockey and cricket, are not your thing, then perhaps golf, polo or the climbing wall? Tennis is a particular strength...


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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Duncan Bailey (40s). A natural leader, Mr Bailey bears a slightly Waugh-esque CV at a time when increasing numbers of independent school heads arrive armed with MBAs in educational management and the like. Educated at Cothill and Eton, he read French at Manchester and German at the University of Vienna. Had planned to become a Jerry McGuire-style sports agent, but ‘fell into teaching’ games and then French at Eton. Was Directeur of Cothill’s Château de Sauveterre for eight years before returning to his Cothill roots as headmaster.

‘This is my school,' Mr Bailey told us, making plain that his own reputation is nailed to the mast of this very special school. Still takes a schoolboy’s pleasure in a hard-fought game of table tennis or a summer evening of...

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Special Education Needs

Cothill has an exceptional SEN department with two full-time and three part-time staff. Provision is made for boys who have mild to moderate learning problems in English and the school also provides both extension and support classes in maths. Touch typing has been a recent school-wide enhancement and is routinely taught to all boys in year 5 in preparation for their year 6 pre-tests and as an essential skill for life.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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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