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English, Spanish from age 2 and Mandarin from age 4, plus French and Latin from year 6. The aim is fluency in at least one major European language. 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…

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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

What the parents say...

I have 3 children at this school and have experienced the Pre-Prep, the Prep School, the sports, drama, music, learning support, scholars groups and now my eldest is a "Senior" at Handcross Park School. One Teacher at the top of the Pre-Prep is a “gem”. She taught 2 of my children in consecutive years, and those 2 children are worlds apart in strengths, abilities, confidence, behaviour - just very different children. She amazed me with her ability to understand each child’s needs immediately, understand them and bring out the best in them. She is a much-loved teacher and we miss her, now we are no longer in the Pre-Prep. Handcross has taken my shy, but sporty, boy and turned him into an outgoing, confident & happy boy. He was always happiest on the sports pitch but recently we saw him taking a lead part in the end of school play, which left his family speechless (with joy!), never expecting to see that from him. He sang to an audience! The grounds are truly beautiful and the facilities excellent, but it's real strength is the teaching staff. The staff are really buzzing and enthusiastic under the relatively new Headmaster, who seems to have boundless energy and many new ideas which seems to have the children happy and keen to learn. There is a lot of emphasis on respect in the school, which means the discipline is high on the agenda without being a “strict” place for a child to spend it’s days. I am completely confident that my children are happy and are being encouraged to do their best. They will leave as the best version of themselves, which means they are still the same characters that I send in to school everyday. They will leave Handcross with sadness, but with enthusiams and the ability to face whatever challenges Senior School will set them.

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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 individualised support for pupils with mild and specific learning difficulties. Pupils are monitored from an early age and interventions are implemented that allow every child to flourish as an individual learner in order to transition to the appropriate senior school. One-to-one support and group activities are provided in a safe and comfortable environment. Each pupil is encouraged to develop a growth mindset which allows them to establish learning skills, which are transferable across all subjects. The head of learning support actively communicates with relevant pupils, teachers and parents to focus primarily on pupils’ wellbeing and development. This empowers all parties to work cohesively for the successful outcomes of the pupil.

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 Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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 Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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