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On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales national park in a magnificent limestone valley. We were repeatedly struck by the passion and energy of the teachers, especially in the creative subjects. On the day we visited a delightfully magical set for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe had just been completed which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the West End…

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Since 2022, Sam Hart. From a military background he boarded from the age of 8 at Duke of Kent and Sevenoaks schools. With a degree in mechanical engineering and management from Edinburgh, sponsored by the army, he then took up a place at Sandhurst, becoming a helicopter pilot. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan before moving into his first teaching post at Winchester College in 2008. There he taught physics, became director of sport, was a mountain leader and active in the CCF as well as becoming a housemaster. He has a quiet, confident manner which belies his action man background. A leader through and through, he understands people and what makes them tick, has a deep grasp of boarding and a real passion for educating young people. His...

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Special Education Needs

Giggleswick School Learning Support Department offers appropriate help to any pupil with SEN across the entire 3 - 18 age range. At the Senior School this is normally in the form of additional individual withdrawal lessons based on either literacy, numeracy or curriculum support. Some SEN pupils pursue a reduced curriculum of modern foreign languages, studying only one instead of two languages in Year 9 and dropping this at GCSE. Withdrawal lessons are from non-GCSE subjects, but sport and music are also usually not withdrawn from. Provision can be made for additional support either in the classroom or 1:1 from classroom assistants should this be necessary. The provision is broadly similar at Giggleswick Junior School. In addition to the withdrawal lessons classes also receive some in-class support from a teaching assistant or from two gap year students; support may be provided by North Yorkshire LEA for pupils of nursery age. School currently has no pupils with statements of SEN, but has admitted statemented pupils in the past as both day pupils and as boarders. The SENCO works closely with parents and the LEAs concerned to ensure that appropriate provision and progress is made in line with the statements. 09-09

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 Y
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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