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Pupils are a mixed bag but many are academically able. Able to cater for high fliers - one child in year 8 passed GCSE maths recently. We saw a drama practical tutorial for a young man. This was intense and more like a university tutorial, pushing him on rather than going at a slower pace. Creativity is valued at Gretton. We saw some year 10 outstanding product design work; children engaged ...

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Executive principle since 2019, Ian Thorsteinsson. Joined the school in 2018, after a long career in senior management of SEN, particularly in autism schools and services, including opening a school for autism in Saudi Arabia.

Head teacher is Mrs Beth Elkins. Began in further education and then later as a manager for the specialist teaching team in the local authority, advising Cambridgeshire schools on the development of their SEN approaches and provision. A qualified SENCo with experience of working across all ages, from primary through to adult learners, she brings a wide knowledge of pan-disability needs to the Gretton table.


Generally, students join the school at the usual times – at the beginning of a term and the start of a key stage - but there are exceptions. Prospective students have an...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
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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