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Though vibe is venerable (pre-prep uniform list specifies named napkin ring), mood is progressive. ‘Lots of tradition and trust, but we’re well aware it’s a modern world,’ says Mrs Inglis. Mr I stresses importance of charitable activities that open pupils’ eyes ‘to the wide world away from idyllic leafy confines.’ No quibbles with boarding logistics, which work a treat, year 4 to 6 dorms to the side - we liked their emergency cuddly toy cubby hole to keep homesickness at bay – while years 7 and year 8 have…

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What the school says...

Elstree, set in 150 acres of rural Berkshire, is a leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3-8 and boys aged 3-13. Outstanding pastoral care in a productive, happy environment inspires pupils to develop exceptional personal and academic potential that stays with them throughout their lives.

Home Farm is Elstree School's Nursery and Pre-prep. It is in a secure, charming setting that nurtures every child's abilities, preparing them to flourish socially and academically in their formative years. ...Read more

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Since 2013, Mr Sid Inglis BA (40s), previously headmaster at Ludgrove. Uncertain as to career until taught English in Chile (where met wife Olivia) and realised that as professions go ‘there is no finer job.’ Appointed at exciting if nerve-wracking time following wobbles in leadership, parent confidence and pupil numbers. It’s now all go again, with school at capacity, no need even to contemplate going fully co-ed (girls leave at 8), scholarships back to full honours-board levels - and all right in world.

Mr Inglis’s first name is unusual and, even more unusually, shared with last head but two. Would be karma except that real name is Andrew. All the other more predictable essentials are also in place: labrador (‘though had her before we arrived,’ says equally charming Mrs Inglis),...

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Special Education Needs

Elstree has an outstanding reputation for supporting boys with special educational needs, as has been recognised in recent ISI inspections. There is a team of committed and well qualified staff, under the leadership of Mrs Vicky Bateman, who care and look after boys with a variety of needs. The department is very well integrated and the boys' success at Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations is impressive.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
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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