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Brilliant, diverse and poly-faceted artwork - we were truly struck by the rigour and values underpinning the skills and the freedom pupils were given to develop as they needed. Witty ceramics, clever textiles, wood and resistant materials productions with mind-opening themes explored with structure and solidity. Arguably, the most impressively led art dept in the country. Set in extensive woodlands and the older children trail 10 minutes through the woods to the village with its supermarket and sweetshop. Immense and meticulously kept grounds...

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Frensham Heights is a highly distinctive school in a world of educational conformity. We have developed from the progressive school movement and are acknowledged as one of the leading liberal schools in the country. Our belief is in individuality, creativity in all areas and that the best form of competition is with one's self. ...Read more

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Since January 2019, Rick Clarke, previously deputy head at Warminster School. Born and raised in South Africa (his father was a teacher and his mother an ed psych), he has a degree in English and psychology from the University of Natal and a PGCE. Has taught English in South Africa and the UK; posts include head of English at St John's College in Johannesburg and at Brighton College and housemaster at Wellington College. A keen runner, he is training for his first half marathon. His wife, Natalie, is an artist and art teacher and they have two children who have joined the school.

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Not 'selective' as normally understood - this school is more concerned that you join them for the right reasons than because you will help them soar to league-table-topping prominence. A smallish...

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Special Education Needs

Frensham Heights provides group lessons from Year 1 for those considered to have mild learning difficulties. These lessons not only offer support but enable the teacher to monitor individual progress. From Year 7 the school uses a diagnostic test to assess the learning needs of all pupils and this is then influential on how lessons are planned and how those with IEPs are managed. Frensham Heights does not have a Special Needs Unit. Our provision is managed by a Head of Learning Support working with a team of peripatetic specialist teachers who provide support on a one-to-one basis, but this is charged separately.

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
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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