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The pre-prep department is surrounded by high walls enclosing an enchanting ‘secret garden’ complete with mud kitchen and pigs - its head told us that days there were ‘all about exploring, challenging, listening, before they go on to learning more formally. We love to take the curriculum outdoors, offering anything but a sedentary education’. ..

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What the school says...

Handcross Park is a Brighton College prep school providing a first class day and boarding education for boys and girls from 2 to 13 years. We are a family friendly school with a strong academic and pastoral reputation. Set in beautiful surroundings, we are conveniently located just off the A23, providing easy access from London and surrounding areas. Combining traditional values with inspiring teaching and excellent facilities, Handcross Park offers a wonderful environment for day and boarding children, looking to gain places to Brighton College and other leading independent senior schools. ...Read more

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Since September 2016, Mr Richard Brown MA PGCE (40s), previously head of Dorset House. Educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and at Oxford Brookes, where he read English and law. After five and a half years as an officer in the Royal Dragoon Guards, he took an MA in English and education at Reading University and a PGCE at Roehampton. Then spent three years teaching English at the Edinburgh Academy, where he was also a boarding tutor and games teacher. This was followed by eight years as a housemaster and English teacher at Pangbourne. Divorced with two sons. In his spare time loves mountaineering and trekking in remote places.


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Special Education Needs

Handcross Park provides support for pupils with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Pupils receive this support to help with overcoming difficulties such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. One-to-one support is provided during the week and the Learning Support Department ensures that teachers are aware of any additional measures that need to be taken to help these children in the learning environment.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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