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We took to the PE teachers we quizzed and satisfied ourselves that they really do try to find something for everyone and don’t compel non-gamesy types to shiver and endure. A parent said, ‘it's good to see the school focus on providing for those who do not aspire to be in the A team’. If you’re academically robust and emotionally self-reliant this is a school where you can really fly. We attended a maths class. First up, warm-up exercises beginning with times tables at breakneck speed (this Guide got 96 per cent and was inordinately proud of it)...

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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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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.




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Since September 2021, Louise Simpson, formerly head of St Paul’s School in São Paulo, Brazil. She is the school's first female head. Degree in environmental science from the University of Wales; began her career teaching biology at Gresham's, moving on to Ratcliffe College then King's Rochester. She was appointed senior deputy head at Brighton College in 2004, then head at Bromley High in 2010. Married to Darren, an accountant; they have one daughter.


Main entry points at ages 11, 13 and 16, but any time if there’s room. At age 11, computer test in Eng, maths plus a tutor-proof computer component which tests non-verbal reasoning, Eng and maths. At age 13, computer test in Eng, maths and science – plus an interview with head or a senior leader of the school. Post-GCSE, reference, interviews, appraisal...

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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
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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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