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A big, bouncy, confident school that won’t appeal to everyone – ‘you need a can-do attitude and belief in yourself helps too,’ said one pupil, although we witnessed them pushing the quieter ones forward too, usually (and cleverly) without them even realising. Sport is taken so seriously by some parents that it’s their sole reason for choosing the school – ‘there’s absolutely no comparison in the area,’ lauded one. Site structure well considered  but pupil largesse does come with inevitable logistical problems, however. Pupils admit...

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What the school says...

Situated in an impressive, leafy campus of 55 acres on the edge of Oxshott village, Danes Hill offer a very broad and diverse curriculum, outstanding pastoral care, extensive extra-curricular opportunities and impressive sporting, music and teaching facilities ensure that the children benefit from a high quality education where the individual is recognised, valued and encouraged to develop talents and pursue excellence.

The school has many strengths, including: Sport, Music, Drama and Art; modern language teaching - children learning French throughout the school and Spanish from Year 4; Year 8 children are encouraged to sit a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language candidates achieve top grades.

Challenge and opportunity are the key words of a Danes Hill education. We support and encourage our children to become self-confident and articulate individuals with a zest for learning and for life.
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Head

Since 2007, Willie Murdock BA PGCE (50s). Born and bred in N Ireland, he was grammar school educated (rigour fine but teacher empathy lacking, he says, consequently high on his agenda now) then did both his degree (Latin with German and Greek) and PGCE at Queen’s University, Belfast. CV short to extinction - landed at Danes Hill as Latin teacher in the 1980s and simply never left. Previously deputy head, stepping into the breach following sudden death of predecessor. Claims the DNA of the school hasn’t changed since the day he joined – ‘the ethos has always been about inspiring each other on every level’.

Amicable, with occasional bursts of deadpan humour, he has no trouble waxing lyrical with generic statements (‘We are a holistic school’, ‘Every child matters’ etc), but...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Danes Hill School is committed to providing equal access for all pupils to a broad and balanced curriculum to which they are entitled. The school makes provision for pupils with special educational needs whether they have specific learning difficulties or are exceptionally able or 'gifted'. The Director of Learning Support co-ordinates provision from the Early Years to Year 8. Children are withdrawn for individual lessons and groupwork also is provided. Weekend workshops are offered for some exceptionally able pupils. All learning support staff have specialist qualifications. The school has a comprehensive assessment and monitoring system to ensure that each pupil has the opportunity to develop their true potential. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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