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If a How-I-Hope-My-Son-Will-Turn-Out contest existed, the boys we met here would all be candidates to win. Their manners are astonishingly good. Everywhere we saw evidence of lively and careful teaching, and the boys were vociferous about how much they enjoyed lessons. 'History is my favourite, because it's all about old things, and did you know that Henry VIII died because his bottom exploded on the toilet!' cried a year 2 lad enthusiastically. The older boys were more...

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Since 2017, Daniel Cummings, previously head of the White House school in Balham and the school's fourth head in 18 months. BEd from Exeter; taught in Australian primary schools whilst on a year's travelling; helped to set up the Epsom and Ewell School Sport Partnership; taught at Merton primary schools before being joining the White House in 2013. His wife, Abigail, is also a teacher.


Three form intake with 20 boys maximum in a class. Automatic entry from the school's Cumnor House Nursery, which parents told us they found a very attractive feature of the school. Otherwise, boys come in at 4+ for a taster day, which for most is nothing to worry about. Maths and English are checked to ascertain if the child will cope at Cumnor, but not formally assessed. Other entry points...

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Special Education Needs

Provision for SEN pupils In the Pre-prep, Learning Support Assistants help in each class with general day to day learning. They hear pupils read, targeting especially those who appear to be experiencing difficulties and work with them on other areas such as comprehension and times tables. Pupils are given an Individual Education Plan if their needs are such that it is thought that they should be highlighted. Twice yearly reviews of IEPs are held with parent /the class teacher /Head of Learning Support. Withdrawal lessons are provided individually and in small groups by the Head of Learning Support for all pupils in the Pre-prep who are having difficulties with their learning of whatever nature. In the Prep school, pupils are given an Individual Education Plan if their needs are such that it is thought that they should be highlighted. Withdrawal lessons are provided by the Head of Learning Support for all pupils who have had an Educational Psychologist’s assessment and report.Subject teachers monitor pupils’ progress through IEP targets. Work is differentiated within the classroom according to the specific needs of the pupil. Twice yearly reviews of IEPs are held with parents and the Head of Learning Support. Pupils on the Cause for Concern Lists are monitored by subject staff/Head of Learning Support. Work is differentiated within the classroom according to the specific needs of the pupil. Those in the Prep school who have an Educational Psychologist’s assessment and report are provided with withdrawal support from the Head of Learning Support. Pupils with Emotional and Behavioural difficulties are usually monitored by the Head of the Pre-prep/Head of Lower School/form tutors

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