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Set in child-friendly grounds, centred around an elegant Jacobean manor, a stone's throw from the New Forest. It's hard to imagine a more captivating environment for the tweenager. Imaginative teaching and learning captivates the spellbound youngsters. We especially liked the 'naughty bus' that hides on a daily basis and had been found encased in ice on our visit. Even an errant bus can't compete with the excitement of making stinky, brown poo - a simulated investigation which begins with crushing of digestive biscuits (to mirror crunching of teeth), mixed with...

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Forres Sandle Manor is more than a school: it is an extended family, the members of which know and care for each other day by day, hour by hour. The aim of the school is, above all, to ensure that children are happy and secure in all that they do and that they discover and use their talents to the full. Our academic standards are outstanding and our teaching methods combine the best of traditional techniques with the most exciting modern ideas. A large number of awards are won to top independent senior schools and the music department is outstanding. We believe that the range of activities, hobbies and sports available to both boarders and day children is remarkable and weekends are reckoned to be the best part of the week! At Forres Sandle Manor we combine a close and caring community spirit with the belief that the future is exciting and challenging. Visiting parents are impressed by our facilities, by our plans for the future, by our dynamic and cheerful staff and, above all, by the warmth and courtesy of our children. ...Read more

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Since April 2019, Jody Wells, previously deputy and then acting head. BEd from Plymouth; first post as boarding housemaster at Wells Cathedral Junior School. Moved on to be head of boarding and boys' games at All Hallows School, joining Forres in 2011. He is married to Lucy and they have two children.


Most at age 3 or 8, boarders from 7. Non-selective but works from premise of 'Will a child be happy here?' Stomping grounds include New Forest, Avon Valley and environs of Cranborne. Predominantly white British with a handful of short-stay pupils from Norway and Spain. Boarders a 50-50 mix of expats, mostly Forces, and locals. Around half are first time buyers. Start when you like, if room (pressure on boarding places – must pay for full even if weekly board). Means-tested bursaries and...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Centre at Forres Sandle Manor provides support for up to forty children with identified specific learning difficulties with literacy or with mathematics. The level of difficulty ranges from mild to severe. Teaching is one-to-one or in small groups depending on the need of the child. Children coming to the Centre must be able to cope with the intellectual demands of a mainstream prep school although a great deal of support is put in place. In addition, we have a fully qualified specialist teacher who supports children within the class. These may be children whose problems are very mild and they only require a 'boost' or they may be children within the Centre who require support within the class in order to access the curriculum. We liaise closely with Senior Schools so that the child's transition is a smooth one and we aim to ensure that the appropriate support will be in place. All children participate in Common Entrance examinations although, occasionally, these are modified in agreement with the Senior School. We believe that when children are happy and achieve, their learning differences should not be a barrier to their success. 10-09

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 Y
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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