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When you arrive at this idyllic country prep, it’s hard to believe that it’s just a stone’s throw from north London and less than five minutes from the M25. Set in grassy parkland (even more of it since the school acquired extra land) with the requisite cows grazing next to the drive, Edge Grove – formerly the home of JP Morgan – is a world apart from many of its concrete-clad urban rivals. Families are a real mix – the predictable 4x4s, some discreet old money and plenty of dual income families who work hard to pay the fees. The latter are particularly grateful for...

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What the school says...

Edge Grove is a day school for boys and girls aged 3-13 years, characterised by a genuine commitment to the pursuit of excellence. Located in 48 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, and conveniently located close to the M1 and M25 motorways and only 15 miles from central London, its wonderful setting and facilities ensure pupils are exposed to a wide range of experiences and develop confidence in a challenging, fun and inspirational environment. Following a recent inspection from the ISI, the school was rated ‘excellent’ in all areas. Edge Grove looks to encourage and foster talent whether in the classroom, art room, in music, on the stage or on the sports field. Its first class resources, strong academic approach and accessible and enjoyable teaching allow pupils to progress individually and reach their true potential in all spheres of school life ...Read more

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Headmaster

Since January 2023, Ed Balfour, previously head of Beechwood Park School and before that, head of Northbourne Park School, a small coastal prep school in East Kent, renowned for its unique trilingual programme. He has a degree in English lit from Cardiff and a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge. He has taught English, drama and sports at RGS Worcester, Parkside Community College, Cambridge, Chesterton College, Cambridge, Uppingham School, Rutland and Whitgift School, Croydon. In 1995, he joined Bradfield College, where roles included English teacher, housemaster and head of drama (directing and producing three plays, performed in the original ancient Greek, touring two of them to Greece).

Emma, his wife and a Cambridge linguist, runs the Edge Grove Junior Department. They have three children in their teens and early 20s and...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Success department covers both SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and EAL (English as an Additional Language) and is made up of an outstanding team of highly qualified individuals: Our SENDCO, Dr Neil Alexander-Passe, is an academic and published author in the area of dyslexia, school-based trauma, and post-school success. He is a strong advocate in removing barriers to learning, and making use of technology and other resources to reduce the barriers to learning, so students can shine and demonstrate their potential. Edge Grove Prep has an EAL Teacher who has worked in both European and UK schools supporting learners new to English, with a range of Learning Support Assistants in the Pre-Prep, Lower-Prep and Upper School; many are qualified teachers and have training in dyslexia. At Edge Grove, we value the fact that pupils bring to school different experiences and strengths that influence the way they learn. We are committed to identifying each pupil’s individual learning needs and we offer provision that is flexible and varied to ensure that children work at age-related expectations or above and achieve their personal potential, whatever their needs and abilities. There is frequent SEND/EAL-based training for staff, and the SENDCO spends time in classes to support teachers to offer outstanding differentiated/adapted learning, and to better understand the needs of their pupils.The SENDCO also works closely with parents to ensure children are supported both at home and at school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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 Y
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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