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We loved the idea that the principal would happily cancel all lessons to have a gigantic snowball fight. Or get the entire school to make kites and fly them one windy day, while the music department blasted ‘Let’s go fly a kite’ on mega-megaphones...

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Hurst Lodge is a school that believes in happy, confident children. When children feel relaxed and safe in their surroundings, have a wide circle of friends and a real love for school, they will be able to flourish and achieve their true potential in every sphere of school life. At Hurst Lodge outstanding academic results are achieved through small class sizes with dedicated members of staff giving freely of their time and expertise, wholly focused on the individual child. Pastoral care is of paramount importance.

The boys and girls learn independence and a positive self image through a broad academic curriculum, outstanding creative and performing arts and an exciting and varied extra-curricular programme. Citizenship and their responsibilities to the environment are taught through active practical activities, making full use of the extensive grounds and the schools own smallholding. Hurst Lodge enjoys a unique connection with the Eden Project in Cornwall which ensures a vibrant and relevant sustainability programme.
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Since 2013, Miss Victoria (Vicky) Smit BSc (40s). Had an earlier stint as head between 1998 and 2011. But, concerned about the propriety of being both co-owner and head (her brother, Sir Tim Smit, started the Eden Project and the school belonged to their mother), she appointed another head in her place for a brief period. It didn’t work and Miss Smit is once again head.

This former Hurst Lodge girl, who ‘has been 23 years in the place,’ bounced into our meeting in rather fetching wellies, waterproof trousers and trackie top. She had been helping out at Hurst Lodge’s forest school and was clutching a wet teddy – which she handed to her assistant with the comment that ‘he needs to have his bum dried.’


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Special Education Needs

The School has a Special Needs Department specialising in dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Hurst Lodge has a whole school approach to the teaching of children with special needs. We also have students with visual and hearing impairment and mild aspergers. We have a small number of statemented pupils. It is a wide ranging provision including two SENCo's and eight members of staff with SEN commitment. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
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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