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Elstree School

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Class sizes are small, the average is 14, but some year groups have only eight or 10 in a class, and parents speak glowingly of a range of favourite teachers, and credit Mr Inglis with some deft pruning of the weaker elements. Perhaps because of its boarding roots, the school day is quite long – 8.15am to 5pm for years 3 and 4, and to 6pm for everyone else. But this includes sport six days a week, and all prep is done in school hours, which parents love (‘it’s timetabled throughout the day and not just after lessons when they’re tired’), with the last portion of the day made over to clubs for the year 3s and 4s. These range from reeling to Lego and the intriguing-sounding...

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What the school says...

Set in 150 acres of glorious Berkshire countryside, Elstree School offers an idyllic childhood, first-rate education and the best of day and boarding experiences for children aged 3 – 13. Modern, bright and spacious facilities are matched with expert teaching staff to inspire pupils in small classes. Academic ambition challenges pupils to work hard and outstanding pastoral care supports every child to achieve the best of their unique ability. Elstree is family-focused with a strong sense of community. Life-long friendships are established with a series of fun social events; there is an overwhelming emphasis on kindness, respect and good manners. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Sid Inglis. After Radley and Newcastle universities, 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), he has introduced the Headmaster’s Project (like a junior EPQ), in which year 6s are invited to devise a project they’d like to undertake, and then use whichever school resources...

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Special Education Needs

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

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) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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 Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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