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The nursery is charming. It is also enormous. Three parallel classes with over 30 children in each. But jolly none the less, with all the bells and whistles you expect from toddler teaching. The Watson's claim is that learning should be fun – even at home; homework given from first year and parents encouraged to support. Dedicated science lab with explosive experiments with Alkaseltzer and a plastic screw top container ongoing in the passage outside. Safety glasses and a fair risk of failure seemed the order of the day...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since September 2014, Mr Melvyn Roffe BA FRSA (mid 40s). Read English at York, studied education at Durham, comes from Wynmondham College in Norfolk; previously worked in both maintained and independent sector, married with a son and daughter.

Head of junior school since December 2016, Mr George Salmond. Well known to the Watson’s Family, George is a graduate of the Northern College of Education in Dundee. He joined the school in 1995 as a Primary 5 class teacher and has developed his career through a variety of teaching and leadership roles at Watson's.

Less known to some would be that George won 146 caps playing cricket for Scotland – 104 as captain – and until this year was a Grade One Referee officiating at over 50...

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Special Education Needs

Learning support is provided throughout the Junior School, responding to and supporting a wide range of children with different kinds of difficulties, through direct support to individuals, small groups, and through in-class support and cooperative teaching.

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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