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'Hard to find children sitting down at a desk - they're outside dragging a branch or using technology,' claims school, and indeed a sparky and innovative approach to learning when we visited with pupils actively engaged in purposeful activities - from 'office' role play in kindergarten, to learning Spanish while studying Miro, to a soundtrack of the Gypsy Kings in year 4. 'The provision of extracurricular activities is second to none,' asserts a parent, and certainly the wide choice of clubs runs the gamut from…

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What the school says...

There’s an alphabet of opportunities at Dame Bradbury’s.

It’s a creative community where ideas, individuals and their imaginations thrive. Our children light up when they learn by modelling the BFG, solving a murder mystery or working out how to prevent ice pops melting, while art, drama, music, sports and activities ranging from ballet to Warhammer help them to extend their boundaries.

We’re non-selective but that doesn’t mean we’re not academic. Our children perform well above the national average and enjoy a rich intellectual, cultural and social mix. What they share – from the age of three through to eleven – is a willingness to experiment and question. We prepare children for a wide range of senior schools, though as a school of the Stephen Perse Foundation there is a smooth transition to the senior school for those for whom this is the appropriate path.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Louise Graham, who has worked at the school for 18 years, first as SENCO and more recently as assistant and deputy head. Admits to missing the role as form teacher of year 6s, a role she had for seven years, ‘though I continue to partake in some teaching at the top end of the school’. Big on work life balance and being outdoors, where you will often find her running, cycling, reading or gardening – ‘or enjoying a glass of something refreshing with my husband and two daughters!’ Has worked at international schools in Zambia and Uganda.


Waiting list with sibling preference. For the kindergarten and reception, informal visit with head of early years. Later entrants, depending on age: chat/observation in the classroom/tests in age appropriate core skills of maths and English. School...

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Special Education Needs

The school employs an Inclusion Specialist who oversees an inclusive approach to SEND.

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