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Emphasis on wellbeing. Fin is gearing up to becoming a trained therapy dog (she already provides comfort in huge, warm and cuddly quantities). Library has shelves devoted to mental health and emotional support. Independence fostered from the outset. Even children in reception (housed in dedicated building in colourful playground), we saw children navigate their way to the appropriate table and tackle the task in hand with minimal help. There is an all-pervading sense of...

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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Ben Freeman BEd (DT) PG Dip (educational leadership). Hailing from northern country preps (Malsis then Windemere – deputy head and head respectively), Mr Ben (as he is addressed by all) sought to bring rural values to an urban school. He has succeeded in spades. A quiet man, some parents find him distant, but all agree he has the best interests of the children at heart. As one put it, ‘He doesn’t care what the parents think. It’s all about the children.’

Formally dressed with smart black shoes, he greets each child with a firm handshake and a look in the eye. Genial, reassuring, yet authoritative. Approach to sanctions is to make children reflect on what they have done and why the choice they made was wrong. No shouting,...

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Special Education Needs

Finton House was founded on two principles. Firstly, we believe that young children should not have the pressures of a competitive entry system. Secondly, the environment should be inclusive with all children having the same opportunities. We wish children to accept and learn from each other. Classes are made up of children of a wide range of abilities and some of these have special educational needs. Finton House enables all children to share in the whole curriculum and to have equal access to a wide range of learning resources, which are used to enhance their successes and progress. The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) has responsibility for all pupils with special needs, and those with learning difficulties. The department also has a team of peripatetic teachers; four part-time learning support teachers, a part time speech and language therapist and a part time occupational therapist.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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