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Nothing precious about life here, with lively outdoor learning curriculum that adds a hands on dimension to other subjects, like trench digging for history, and also includes path laying and oxy-acetylene welding (recent artist in residence was a metalwork specialist). Quirky is top adjective of choice. We’ll say. Take the newsletters. In among the tributes to team sport efforts (think valiant rather than victorious) and enthusiastic tour guides at open days, there are credits for talented pumpkin carvers, including 'Helen Bonner, age 42¾’... 


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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1997, Victoria Smit BSc. Briefly stepped aside but now firmly back in post and ‘isn’t going anywhere,’ school insider told us firmly.

She’s half Dutch, multilingual, smart, funny and ‘very’ dyslexic – didn’t learn to read until she was 12. Things ‘just seem to happen’ to her globetrotting family, which fetched up in UK after sojourns in Nigeria, Turkey and Lesotho. Her mother bought the school to keep it open after the death of its founder, Doris Stainer (sister of Leslie Gone with the Wind Howard) in the 1970s.

After blossoming here as a pupil, Ms Smit headed off into the world, returning to help out when officialdom insisted that school’s slightly informal style – ‘not a fire escape to be had, taught in garden...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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