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A big, bouncy, confident school that won’t appeal to everyone, worth leaving preconceptions at the gate (along with the traffic jam). Billed as virtually non-selective and inclusivity is the name of the game, range of mild to moderate needs catered for in and out of class courtesy of well-staffed SEN team. It’s not about hothousing but giving primary aged children access to range of opportunities and subjects that come with giant-sized staff roster. Means more esoteric languages can be taught, vast range of…

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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 (50s), BA PGCE, both from Queen’s University, Belfast where studied Latin. Previously deputy head who stepped into the breach following sudden death of charismatic predecessor. CV short to extinction. Arrived at school as Latin teacher after qualifying in 1980s, loved it and simply never left. Though not one for introspection, career choice just might, he thinks, be down to desire to rework deficiencies in own education in N Ireland state system – rigour first class, teacher empathy rather less so.

Wife teaches here (one of several married couples at the school) and all three of offspring went through, again common practice. Would send out worrisome message about the school if shunned by own staff, he says. Decent discounts help, as does staff-only early morning crèche down at...

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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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