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The non-selective intake means some need quite a lot of help, mainly in class but occasionally one-to-one. Plenty of sport, in keeping with school’s distinguished past record, and they had already notched up several rugby wins in September when we visited. Enthusiastic girls were practising hockey. Parents say that the smallness of the school means that it has a truly family atmosphere and that staff…

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Since January 2021, Nick Thrower. Previously assistant head and chaplain at Lambrook and before that director of sport and houseparent at St Andrew’s in Turi, Kenya. He lives at the school with his wife, Jo, and their teenage son and daughter. Walking and photography are his two big passions.


Entry is by gentle taster day assessment. Children come from Newport, the Wye Valley, Cardiff, Monmouth and Forest of Dean, both sides of the border. Lots of minibuses make this work. St John’s runs two nurseries off-site in Newport and Chepstow as well as the on-site Hedgehogs, which provide about half the reception intake.

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Special Education Needs

The SEN department is staffed by two full-time specialist teachers who offer one-to-one lessons and a small group sessions to children with dyslexia. A number of key workers and classroom assistants give support to children needing help in mainstream classes.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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