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Small class sizes, individual approach and, most of all, strong and trusting relationships uphold academic rigour. Without doubt, a far cry from your traditional public school with ancient traditions, stuffy uniforms and hierarchical structures. Sixth form is more akin to the university model. Highly qualified teaching body: many have doctorates and top degrees but wear them lightly – no-one takes themselves too seriously. It’s first-name terms for teachers which reflects environment based on equality. While fewer regulations, a misconception is there are no rules at all here. Rules exist (no danger of Lord of the Flies) but based on sense and respect…

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What the school says...

d'Overbroeck's is a fully co-educational independent school for students aged 11-18. Day only in Years 7-11; day and boarding in the Sixth Form.

Main entry points at age 11 (into Year 7), 13 (into Year 9) and 16 (directly into the Sixth Form).

The school provides education that is highly distinctive, enjoyable and fulfilling. The atmosphere is supportive and encouraging, enabling students to achieve excellent results and benefit from an outstanding education.

d'Overbroeck's was rated 'Excellent' for all aspects of its educational provision in its most recent ISI inspection. Outstanding academic results are coupled with excellent pastoral provision and a richly varied programme of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. There is a palpable sense, throughout the school, of shared values strongly held, and this is at the heart of what makes the school ethos vibrant, forward-looking and, in lots of ways, robustly and refreshingly distinctive.

Scholarships are offered in a number of areas including academic, art, sport, music and drama.
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International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.


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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2022, Patrick Horne BEd (Nottingham Trent), previously deputy head of British International School in Dubai, then principal of British international schools in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi (both in Nord Anglia portfolio which acquired d’Overbroeck’s in 2021). Born in Kenya to parents in international education, then moved to Singapore for his prep. A teaching career abroad might have been an obvious choice but initially opted to study computer science instead. Disappointed in the course, took a last-minute posting to Kamuzu Academy in Malawi when an Eton gappie was a no-show. On his return, trained as a maths teacher with first positions at King Edward Grammar and Harrogate Grammar before climbing the management ladder overseas.

Softly spoken and good humoured, he tells us kindness, understanding and compassion are at the heart...

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Special Education Needs

We have considerable experience over the years of teaching students with dyslexia and other mild learning difficulties, and we have a strong track record of success in this area. Our small classes, flexible teaching methods and strong focus on meeting individual needs makes this a positive, confidence-building environment with a clear emphasis on identifying strengths and building on them. Students quickly realise that we are always ready to understand and address their particular needs and to help them find strategies that work for them - without in any way singling them out or making them feel self-conscious.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia 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 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
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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