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Prep life begins in Little Stream, where nurture – as well as exploration over rigidity – still reign, but there is a natural step up. Children are set into smaller groups for reading, maths and spelling, facilitating individualised approaches as far as possible. Specialist teaching for art, computing and science starts here – all in their own dedicated labs and studios; children rave about the hands-on, ‘mucky’ science. Humanities subjects are often cross-curricular – we see aqueduct models being tested rigorously in year 4, a combination of history and DT. The teachers are...

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Since September 2023, Sophie Bradshaw, previously deputy head of Croydon High School and before that, head of the junior school. Has also been head of years 3 and 4 at Ardingly College. Didn’t realise she was built for education until she was doing it – then everybody said, ‘We knew you’d be great at that!’ She had previously wanted to be a search-and-rescue pilot in the RAF but lacked the height – ‘Prince William stole my job!’ Experience across all age groups gives her ‘total appreciation for school structure, top to bottom’ – this, and redesigning the GCSE curriculum at Croydon High, equipped her for an expanded Dulwich Cranbrook.

Parents feel she is ‘a good fit’ - ‘kind’, ‘warm, yet determined’ and bringing ‘new, different values’. They say she ‘hit the...

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Special Education Needs

Whilst we do not have a specific SEN unit or class, pupils in each year group who require additional support work together in small groups.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
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 Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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