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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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What the school says...

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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

Other features

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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2003, Bob Griffin MA. Educated at Wallington High School for Boys, then Christ Church, Oxford - first in modern languages (French and Spanish). Taught at Markham College in Lima before becoming head of modern languages at Haileybury. Came to Exeter from RGS Guildford, where he was second master for five years. Son and daughter both went through the school. Enjoys all things Hispanic, walking on Dartmoor and choral singing. Unique distinction among UK headteachers, he’s a member of the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen.

Unusually long tenure for this day and age - must be one of the longest serving heads in the country. Gives no impression whatever of age having wearied him. Students, parents and teachers give no impression of having wearied of him, either. Quite the...

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