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  • Egerton-Rothesay School
    Durrants Lane
    HP4 3UJ
  • Head: Mr Colin Parker
  • T 01442 865275
  • F 01442 864977
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school offering extra support for pupils aged from 5 to 19 with dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language difficulties and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 168: two third boys; sixth formers: 17: 13 boys, 4 girls
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: £16,815 - £23,940 pa
  • Open days: Several during the year, or by appointment
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Not showy or over- resourced in hardware, forget foreign trips or swimming pools, but rich in specialist teachers to boost confidence and surmount learning differences…With a timetable bursting with academic and therapeutic options, it is surprising there is time for sports, but a few periods a week are devoted to PE or team sports…‘They have a way of involving every child,’ said one mum, whose son had arrived at the school with sportsphobia. ‘He hated…

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What the school says...

Egerton Rothesay is a non-selective school in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, with a mainstream curriculum catering for children from 6-19 years. We provide specialist input for pupils who need some form of additional support, perhaps because of a specific educational need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language issues or sectors of the autistic spectrum or for a more general problem with learning.

We believe that learning should be focused on the individual and should be about preparing each child for life after school not just exams. As part of this we opened a Sixth Form in 2012 to provide further time for qualification in a supportive environment before college or work, with a wide range of vocational and academic courses.

ERS delivers a broad education and we provide pupils with a range of individually tailored strategies to support their learning needs and development. This means a unique and relevant education for each student. Our education promotes life skills and social skills to help make the next transition whether to our sixth form or to college and prepare pupils for everyday life. Courses offered include mainstream GCSE and BTEC courses as well as vocational or career qualifications. With a supportive environment and one-to-one help available, our pupils exceed their expectations and move on to their next choice of education or work, including many who go on to colleges and university.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Colin Parker BSc DipEd PGCE CMath (50s); was senior officer in the Cunard Line and taught maths and computing at Bishop Fox’s School in Taunton before joining Egerton-Rothesay in 2003. Has been head of maths and business studies, head of house and head of upper senior school. Interested in broadcast media – he was a freelance sports journalist at the BBC in the 80s – and supports Watford FC. Married to Chisa, a translator; with one daughter. Reserved and precise, he thoughtfully balances the children’s academic and pastoral needs; ‘We are not a special school, we have a mainstream curriculum…our vision is to help those students who do not survive in a mainstream environment without support’. He is conscious that what makes the school special is the attention to the individual: ‘We...

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Special Education Needs

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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