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Most stay on for sixth form – not bad for a city with a highly regarded sixth form college. We watched a year 13 biology class whiz through epigenetics at an eye watering pace. Having mastered the basics, pupils were up on their feet modelling the nucleosome structure with string, post-it notes and lots of winding and unwinding of their bodies to demonstrate the binding of transcription factors. Intelligent questions ran freely, combined with a healthy mix of fun and…

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Exeter School entrance examinations consist of: 11+: Maths, English & Computer Adaptive Test. 13+: Maths, English, Science & French/German/Spanish. 16+: Sixth formers selected by GCSE results (minimum 3 As and 3 Bs), school reference and interviews. School reference/report considered at all entry ages.

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Since September 2021, Louise Simpson (40s), previously head of St Paul’s School in São Paulo, Brazil. State educated in Lowestoft. MSc in environmental science from The University of Wales. Thoughtful, empathetic and engaging, she is currently studying for an MA in character education at Birmingham and is revelling in ‘exploring academic study again as an adult’ while also looking forward to applying the concepts within the school. It is, she reckons, the area where she can make the most discernible difference to the school’s offering. The four pillars of intellectual, moral, civic and performance virtues all interlink with practical wisdom as the building blocks of character, she explains – the idea being that these, combined with a good academic education, lead to a ‘flourishing individual and society.’ Intellectual stuff which, in a nutshell, demonstrates...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Exeter school has a fully qualified Learning Support Coordinator who works to assess and to assist those pupils with Special Educational Needs. Pupils are referred to Learning Support for assessment on entry to the school if SEN is already known or by teaching members of staff when difficulties are noted in lessons. The Learning Support Coordinator will then assess the pupil. The resulting support varies according to need but strategies include, circulation to staff of summary details and strategies to help the pupil learn in class, monitoring through Learning Support and the pastoral system and withdrawal from lessons for one-to-one coaching.

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
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
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 Y

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