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A broad range of ability was evident in the class assembly in which some pupils were able to recite large tracts of memorised text beautifully, while others were reading their one line from a prompt. However all are rewarded for their effort, enthusiasm and interest with celebration certificates each week. Frequent fundraising extravaganzas are organised by the parents and wholehearted support of the governors means this is likely to continue to grow and be a great feature of the school. DT feels vibrant and ambitious, the room filled with little wooden robots...

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We provide a happy, nurturing environment for children of all abilities. Results are excellent, and children leave us with a set of core values that will remain with them always. Early registration is advised for Reception. Occasional places are available in other year groups.

We have a means tested bursary to a child whose parents would not otherwise be able to afford independent education. ...Read more

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Since April 2016, Ben Freeman BEd (design technology) PG Dip (educational leadership) (late 40s). Still very much ‘the new kid on the block’ (his own words), Mr Ben, as he is known here, is not just new to Finton House but new to Wandsworth and the buzzing metropolis of London. Previously head of Windermere Prep for eight years, a school that had already munched its way through two heads in quick succession before he arrived, he was brought in to rescue the situation having been teaching at Malsis Prep school in North Yorkshire (which no longer exists).

The fresh air of the English countryside runs through Ben Freeman’s veins. Born and brought up in the Wirral, he was educated at Rossall School and then the University of West of England,...

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Special Education Needs

At Finton House there is a Head of Special Needs who is responsible for co-ordinating and running the Special Needs Department and representing the department at both Management and Governors meetings. There are two SENCOs, one is responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of support to children on Special Needs places, who have a Special Needs Assistant (LSA) assigned to them. The other SENCO is responsible for the co-ordination and management of learning support to children with specific learning difficulties. Finton House has the provision to support a variety of children with special needs i.e. hearing or visual impairment, autistic spectrum - including Asperger's, speech and language difficulties, Hemiplegia, Down's Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Dyslexia etc. There are currently one full time and five part-time Learning Support Teachers. Learning Support is provided both one to one and free of charge in group sessions for mathematics, spelling, writing and reading comprehension. One Learning Support Teacher provides support for both Foundation Stage and KS1 children, as part of our Early Years Intervention Programme. There is no charge for this support to parents. As well as learning support teachers, and assistants for specific children there are currently two part-time therapists on the staff, an occupational therapist and speech and language therapist. There are both group and one to one speech and language sessions provided for specific children. Group speech and language sessions are free for reception children. Finton House provides a range of free clubs before and after school to support the specific needs of children e.g. Touch Typing, Brain Gym, Early Birds, Handwriting, Maths and SRA (reading comprehension). There are also excellent links with Wandsworth Local Education Authority, SEN Division. They supply peripatetic teachers to meet the needs of specific children. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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 Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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