Epsom College A GSG School
- Epsom College
- Head: Mr Jay Piggot
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- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Surrey
- Pupils: 800
- Religion: Church of England
- Fees: Day 17,100 - £23,472; Boarding £23,520- £34,617 pa
- Open days: March and October
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
When it comes to décor, different departments exhibit endearing idiosyncrasies - from pot plants in chemistry lab (and sign announcing ‘nudisme interdite au delà de cette limite’) to blue-painted English rooms (also notable for friendly clutter of framed posters and attractive display boards already filling up nicely in second week of term) while modern languages is all-purple (even down to lampshades). Black wall in one of physics labs, however, is for sensitive experiments and ‘not because...
What the school says...
At Epsom we want all our pupils to live happy and fulfilled lives. We want our pupils to find a passion for things that matter to them, a respect for others, the opportunity to challenge themselves, and an attachment to the life of the mind.
We understand that life beyond the classroom may transform the lives of our pupils. The breadth of activity on offer at Epsom extends far beyond the classroom, incorporating a world of sport and music, drama and societies, expeditions and camps, and friendship and laughter. Our academic results are excellent and success across a vast range of co-curricular activity has never been better.
On visiting the College, the beautiful still red brick Victorian buildings within a picturesque 85 acres estate is immediately inspiring. Fully co-educational, Epsom College offers modern House accommodation, with five of the Houses having been sympathetically refurbished in the past two years. A new Lower School for 11+ entry opens in September 2016 as we welcome 60 boys and girls into our Third Form. Housed in purpose-built teaching accommodation, the Lower School will offer state-of-the-art facilities and be co-located with the rest of the College’s extensive estate.
Epsom College sits just 15 few miles south of central London, with easy access to both Gatwick and Heathrow international airports.
A committed staff of more than 100 teachers, excellent pastoral care, an experienced Headmaster and a dynamic leadership team all combine to ensure that Epsom College gives our pupils the strongest foundations for future success.
The great majority of our teaching staff live within the College grounds and, together with the 749 boys and girls, they form an integrated community whose strength lies in the emphasis it places on tolerance, benevolence and the developing of individual potential.
Epsom has a long tradition of successfully educating boys and girls from overseas and currently some 15 per cent of our students come from outside the UK. International pupils are part of the very fabric of Epsom and the student body consists of more than 30 nationalities including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Germany and Russia. ...Read more
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards
- Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
- Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
- Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.
What The Good Schools Guide says
Since September 2012, Mr Jay Piggot, BA MA PGCE (50s). Previously headmaster at alma mater Campbell College, Belfast between 2006 and 2012, and, before that, put in 17 years at Eton (clearly a hard place to leave) starting as assistant master in 1989 and becoming house master 10 years later. Not bad going given that it was only his second teaching job: his first, immediately after completing his MA in English Renaissance literature at Liverpool, was at Millfield, where he taught A level/Oxbridge English.
Career success undoubtedly assisted by personality and appearance - quietly dashing, though doesn’t overdo the leading man business. Gimlet vision, too - noticed and swiftly dealt with errant piece of rubbish – a very small plastic wrapper, only one in otherwise immaculate grounds.
Special Education Needs
The philosophy of the Learning Support Department is that all pupils can improve and achieve given the appropriate support for their special educational need, (SEN). At Epsom College, qualified and experienced specialist teachers are able to provide for a wide variety of mild SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, AD(H)D and other behavioural, social and emotional needs. On average, 8% of pupils have individual support. Within the Learning Support Department is an English as an Additional Language, (EAL), section. On average, 9% of pupils have EAL. Many of these pupils take specialist EAL lessons instead of a Modern Language. Learning Support staff provide additional support for EAL pupils in English Literature. Private tuition is also available. The generic provision is one of personalised learning. Teaching programmes are customised and take various forms: literacy or spelling programmes for pupils with dyslexia; handwriting, touch-typing and organisational support for those with dyspraxia; support programmes for pupils with AD(H)D; exam and revision technique; study skills and time management. The SEN provision often includes a counselling element. The aim is to produce confident independent learners who can invoke learned strategies and techniques automatically across the curriculum. Integral to the practice is close liaison with parents, Housemasters/mistresses, tutors, subject staff, the Medical Centre and other agencies. The Department maintains an SEN Register of all pupils with special educational needs. This list includes a description of the need, and strategies for supporting the pupil in class. LS staff are able to provide more detailed advice to staff and parents, as required. Literacy screening of all pupils on entry ensures that no difficulty goes undetected. Appropriate action is taken if there is a cause for concern. All LS staff are qualified to administer specialist SpLD assessments to tertiary level. This includes testing for access arrangements for public examinations. Occasionally, a recommendation is made for more specialist input, for example, from an educational psychologist. Specialist intervention and tuition consists of 30 weekly lessons of 45 minutes. These lessons are always arranged in consultation with the pupil and are outside the academic timetable and extra-curricular activities. Other programmes of support are offered according to need and can last from 6 to 12 weeks. The cost of these extra lessons is billed at the end of term.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|