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Parents report boys roaring around on scooters in their pyjamas before bedtime rather than gluing themselves to screens. And therein lies the magic of the place. It’s a school where boys can ‘have a childhood,’ say parents. They can build dens or bird boxes, go pond dipping or interpret Notre Dame Cathedral in clay to their hearts’ content. Although school not equipped to deal with serious SEN, superb support in place...

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Since 2011, Duncan Bailey (40s). Educated at Cothill and Eton then Manchester University (French) and Vienna University (German). Bitten by teaching bug during year abroad but harboured ambitions to nurture passion for sport, particularly tennis, and moved into sports management. ‘Fell into teaching’ after being asked to stand in for head of modern languages at Eton, where he spent two years. Prior to taking headship at Cothill, ran Sauveterre, the Cothill Trust’s French outpost, for eight years.

Married to Maria (his ‘secret weapon’ according to parents), lives at heart of school with two daughters. A hands-on couple, the Baileys are in true loco parentis – head says he is ‘a parent above all things’ – taking full responsibility for the four year groups housed in the main school building. Maria ‘does...

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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
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 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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