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Hethersett Old Hall School is an independent day school for girls aged 3-18 and boys aged 3-11, with boarding for girls aged 9-18. We welcome international students and have an excellent ESOL provision.
We are a deliberately small school of approximately 200 pupils with class sizes of on average 10 pupils. Visitors always comment on our welcoming and friendly atmosphere and we nurture all our pupils to ensure they reach their full potential.
All members of our community are valued as individuals and we celebrate achievement in all its forms, whether it is a string of A* grades at GCSE or A Level or the first swimming certificate awarded to a four year old in Assembly. In this school we share our success.
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The school welcomes pupils with a range of abilities who can follow the main curriculum taught to their age group. It does not, however, have the facilities for pupils with extreme physical, learning or behavioural problems needing specialist care separate from their year group. In addition to mainstream classroom teaching, the Learning Support Department can offer specialist help to meet the needs of individual pupils and to enhance their learning potential. The department has a dedicated study area where specialist teaching is provided by experienced and qualified staff, using a range of appropriate materials, resources and strategies including electronic media. Initial identification of a particular learning difficulty or disability (LDD) is made during preliminary assessments on entry to the school. Further diagnostic testing is then carried out by the Learning Support Co-ordinator who will ascertain whether the pupil will be able to follow the course of study offered at the school with some additional support. If this is the case, she will recommend an individual support programme that is discussed with parents. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is then drawn up for the pupil which states the nature and frequency of any support required; a copy of this is given to parents and to the pupil’s teachers. A charge is made for this additional teaching and for some types of specialist assessment. Support can be given to pupils of any age, either individually or as a member of a support group. The support given to any pupil is reviewed regularly to monitor progress and development. Staff will refer pupils at any stage if they perceive a need for support. At the appropriate stage, assessment can be carried out to ascertain if there is a need for extra time or other concessions in public examinations. Individualised invigilation for examinations can be arranged if necessary; a charge will normally be made for this. Dec 09.


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