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This is a school of mixed ability, which is good at finding children’s strengths and building on them, as well as enabling children to enjoy things they may not excel in. ‘So if, like me, you have one who’s academic and one who’s not, they both shine,’ said one parent. ‘That goes for sport too,’ said another. Pupils were polite, not arrogant, and there was a definite feeling that they have fun, without being raucous, with a resulting buzz around the school. There’s a strong sense of being a part of the whole here too, so it’s not surprising that…

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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 September 2016, Gareth Davies, previously head of Alleyn Court School in Essex. A mathematician, he has a BA and PGCE from Welsh universities, MEd from Cambridge, is an ISI inspector and has always worked in prep schools. A rugby enthusiast, he is married to Lisa, and they have three young daughters.


Non-selective up until year 2, after which there are tests for reading and maths and a ‘gentle’ interview. Nursery has 24 pupils, reception has 34. There are three classes from reception to year 2, and year 3 upwards will progressively become four four form entry with between 16 and 18 per class.

Originally a boys’ school, Gayhurst became co-ed in 2008. ‘I’d say it’s a prep school for boys that girls can go to rather than being truly co-ed...

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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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