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What the school says...

Hatherop Castle School is a vibrant and exciting place to learn. The school produces happy, articulate and confident children who feel their efforts and achievements are valued and appreciated. Our leavers all achieve entry in to their first choice schools. In 2015 the school received the ISA awards for the top Prep school for Excellence and Innovation in Provision and the award for Excellence in the Arts. After a whole school Inspection in March 2016, including Nursery and Boarding, the school was judged to be excellent in all nine categories.

This together with fantastic academic results makes Hatherop Castle the first choice school for many parents. Numerous pupils leave the school at 13 with scholarships to their senior schools. The curriculum is complemented by a beautiful rural location, sports facilities including gym, cricket nets and outside pool and educational visits.

Prep 3 to 8 pupils take part in a well-planned programme in connection with Cumulus Outdoor Education, which engages the children in several activities whilst encouraging physical development, team building and co-operation skills.

The Nursery is a brilliant start for the very young who make a natural transition in to our busy Pre-Prep department.
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What the parents say...

From a current parent: we love this school for our son. The timetable is packed with extra-curricular stuff - leadership development days, south-west swimming trials, public speaking competitions, hosting children from a visiting inner-city school etc. The small size of the school has been irrelevant in terms of opportunities and academic standards (our son has just got accepted by Abingdon Boys - an academically selective school). It's provided him with really strong pastoral support and feels like an extended home with masses of enthusiasm and commitment from all the staff.

Commented on 19th Feb 2016

Hatherop Castle School has been awarded two fantastic and well-deserved awards, reinforcing its excellence. They won 'Prep School Award for Excellence and Innovation in Provision'; and 'Excellence in the Arts'. A truly fabulous achievement and so wonderful to be recognised in this way.

Commented on 17th Nov 2015

Hatherop Castle School should be on every parent's radar as an outstanding and exceptional start to any child's education. Recently acquired by the dynamic Wishford Schools Group, investment into all areas of the school, from the fabric of the glorious medieval building through to a new state of the art Performing Arts Centre is enabling the school to flourish and thrive as never before. The student body is a very special happy family of pupils, each of whom are individually nurtured through a diverse and privileged curriculum. The staff are exceptional and intensely passionate about their roles in the school life. Open Days at the school are put on with thrilling and inspirational themes, perfectly showcasing the diversity of the offering at the school - a great opportunity for prospective parents to experience this exceptional day and boarding prep school and its stunning location. Hatherop Castle is probably a 'best kept secret', a hidden gem in the heart of the Cotswolds which is now emerging as a beacon of success in the independent school sector.

Commented on 7th Oct 2015

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Special Education Needs

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 Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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