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All lower school do ballet (a good way to spot potential dancers and dyspraxics) – optional classes for seniors. We listened to the fledgling Exterminators jamming and spotted imaginatively named groups, eg Flute Pastilles, and fabulous fiddlers. School has a competitive edge: thrice finalists in the Junior Memory Championships and recent debut as finalists in Kids Lit. Seemingly parents equally competitive when it comes to teams, with boarder parents saying, 'Local parents seem...

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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 high 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. Send for a prospectus or, better still, come and see for yourself! ...Read more

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Since 2010, Mr Mark Hartley (40s), previously deputy head at Winchester House, Brackley, and before that housemaster at Mount House School, Tavistock. Studied biological sciences, now teaches PSHE to older ones and maths tutors those who struggle. Started his working life as an insurance underwriter, met wife Beth at a 21st birthday party and shortly afterwards discovered his true vocation – teaching. Three children later, Beth has returned to her former stomping ground with responsibility for marketing and promoting FSM – though we hear bottles of champagne, sent to parents, for recruiting newbies, are a thing of the past. Described as fresh, fun and funny by youngsters, Mr Hartley is something of an action man, enjoying hockey, cycling, kayaking and climbing. Inheriting a school that required fine tuning rather than wholesale overhaul, he has...

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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
Not Applicable
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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