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Head's assertion that it’s not just about getting children into the ‘best’ school but ‘the right school for them’ is borne out by the fact this small prep’s alumnae regularly disperse to almost 20  destinations. A large carousel of school prospectuses in one corridor further testifies to a lack of ... Only 25 pupils board full time, mainly overseas students, and the risk of rattling in a large house is mitigated through a well-adopted ‘take a boarder home for the weekend’ programme. Class sizes are small, the average is 12, but some year groups have only eight or 10 in a class, and parents speak glowingly of

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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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Headmaster

Since 2013, Sid Inglis (40s), BA. One could say that Sid Inglis (40s) is a boys’ prep school specialist albeit one about to shed that label as Elstree goes fully mixed. After Radley and Newcastle University he began teaching at Ludgrove, took a break to complete a PGCE in London imagining he would move into secondary teaching, but ended up returning to Ludgrove, eventually becoming joint head with Simon Barber (who runs Ludgrove still). Mr Inglis and his wife Olivia — who is also a member of the senior team — soon showed their enthusiasm for developing pupils in the broadest sense. ‘I’ve lots of energy and ideas and I hope that permeates down to the staff.’

Besides the established and well-regarded Elstree Award (like a junior DofE), newer to the...

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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