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This mixed-ability school has been on a bumpy ride, but the school’s academic robustness without the pressure cooker ethos is still the school’s big pull. Most get into their chosen school and around five a year win scholarships, both academically and in the arts and sport. Pastoral care has always been the cornerstone of the school – children feel able to approach form teachers and the ‘share’ box (where children can post worries and acts of kindness) is well-used ‘and acted on,’ according to one pupil. Unusually (uniquely, perhaps), the head told us, ‘we don’t have any bullying,’ although one....

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What the school says...

Gareth has significant prep school experience having worked entirely in five different prep schools across the South of England. He has a Masters in Education degree from Cambridge University and is also an ISI team and compliance inspector. He is also the Chair of IAPS' Finance Committee and a member of Council.

He joined Gayhurst in September 2016 and it is his second Headship, following on from an eight year stint as Head of Alleyn Court in Southend-on-Sea.

As the father of three daughters, Gareth is a keen family man. He enjoys watching and playing many sports and is an avid fan of Swansea City and the Ospreys.
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Since 2016, Gareth Davies BA PGCE MEd (40s). Previously head of Alleyn Court for eight years, before that deputy head at Rose Hill, Alderley, prior to which he taught in various preps (mostly maths). Originating from the Swansea Valley, he studied HR management at the University of Glamorgan, but a free Friday spent in his aunt’s primary school during the last year of his degree lured him into teaching and he’s ‘never looked back.’ PGCE at University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Since then, MEd in educational leadership and school improvement at Cambridge.

Gets brownie points from all parents for meeting and greeting at the gate every morning and running regular parental forums. But has something of a Marmite effect overall, with some lapping up his ‘clear commitment to mental health and...

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Special Education Needs

We provide learning support, on an individual basis, for children assessed as having specific learning difficulties, including Neurodevelopmental Delay, in both the Junior and Senior Departments.

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
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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