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'Hard to find children sitting down at a desk - they're outside dragging a branch or using technology,' says head, 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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Since 2015, Tracy Handford, previously head of St Hilda's Prep in Bushey. Educated at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and the University of Leeds, where she read applied biology. Followed this with an MA in curriculum studies from the Institute of Education, University of London. Began career as a boarding tutor at Taverham Hall School, Norwich, then Holmwood House, Colchester. Moved to become head of year and head of science at Bishop’s Stortford College Junior School before becoming director of studies at St Faith’s School, Cambridge. Status as ISI inspector should mean she has her eye on the competitive ball and her experience means she is au fait with the Cambridge school scene. Likeable, down to earth, ‘professional and knowledgeable,’ say parents. Committed to providing her pupils with ‘more than a set of qualifications’. Lives...

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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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