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There are trees to climb, grounds to explore including a sizeable pond, and the stunning house itself in beautiful countryside. One parent remarked, ‘HCH is not an imposing, austere place: instead, very warm and welcoming. My child has had an amazing childhood at HCH. They read books and then play outside enacting them, letting their imaginations run freely’. As well as a concentration on the 3Rs, art, drama and music  are seen as central to education here - hooray! This is not the right school for those…

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What the school says...

Please contact school to arrange an individual tour or for details on open days. School bus from Central London with pick up points from Kings Road, Chelsea, Queensgate, Hammersmith, Richmond, Kew.

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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2001, Guy Holloway MA (Cantab), NPQH, known as ‘Guy’ to all, who is also head of the senior school.


Into the nursery at 3, or year 1 at 5+, following an informal interview with child and parents. During visit child will be observed by the teaching staff for both academic and social behaviour, and will meet with the head of lower and early years. If applicable, a confidential report from the child’s current school will be requested. Head wishes to ensure that parents are committed to the school’s ethos and approach to learning. At 10, children are tested in English and maths. More selective in recent years, but potential is still considered carefully. With approximately 35 languages represented at the school, the majority of students have at least one British parent. School runs buses...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department aims to provide individual structured programmes and additional help for those children requiring support for their learning difficulties. Learning Support is provided in the following ways: *On a one-to-one basis or occasionally in small teaching groups (referred to as 'tutorials'). Learning Support staff qualified in teaching children with Specific Learning Difficulties will direct these lessons. (Arrangements for this form of tuition are currently made by the Learning Support Co-ordinator, in consultation with the Senior Management Team). *In mainstream classes, where all staff will have an understanding of the difficulties each pupil is experiencing, and should be fully aware of the pupils' current concerns. The Learning Support Programme is supervised and monitored by a well qualified and experienced Learning Support Co-ordinator. 10-09

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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