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Visitors enter through the charming grade 2 listed former Georgian farm house, complete with original panelling, roaring fire and honours boards that give it a trad feel, plus stylish and architecturally interesting modern additions. Head describes boys as ‘fine, upstanding – with a bit of mischief’. Those we lunched with (we can recommend the mac and cheese) were just that: chatty and articulate and when we asked them to describe Davenies in three words, all included ‘fun’...

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Since 2015, Carl Rycroft (youthful 50s) BEd. Forces family hence landed at boarding prep Malsis School in north Yorkshire from age 9 (‘it shaped who I am and what I value’) before moving to state maintained Richmond School aged 13 where he put his prep school passions to good use, going on to become a prefect and captain of the 1st XV. Set to join the army straight from school before a change of heart took him to St Paul’s College, Cheltenham where he earned his BEd. Has worked across the state and independent sectors, teaching PE, RE and running boarding houses. Took a break from teaching in his 20s to spend three years as head of youth development for Hertfordshire at England Rugby. First headship at Barnard Castle Prep before joining Davenies. <br...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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