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We heard Mr Dormer before we saw him – large voice and somewhat imposing character. We entered his office with some trepidation, but our worries were unfounded. This is one witty head teacher. Razor sharp, acerbic and an amazing raconteur. (If Stephen Fry ever retires from public life...) During our visit, activity of the self-initiated sort seemed purposeful and enthusiastic, with two keen 5 year olds rushing to play ‘spot the matching words’, while, over in the ‘vet’s corner’ a busy crowd was tending its stuffed animals...

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What the school says...

Immanuel College is a school characterised by academic excellence, expert pastoral care and inspiring Jewish education. Immanuel College offers each and every one of its pupils the nurturing environment and individual attention required to maximise their academic potential.

At Immanuel College, small class sizes promote confident learning and rapid academic progress. We take pleasure in the fact, in the past 3 years, that 95% of students leaving the school after Advanced Level go on to their first choice of university.

The foundation of Immanuel's academic excellence is the nurturing approach to pupils provided by our expert and exceptionally attentive pastoral system, which supports the personal, social and academic development of each pupil. The close relationship between teachers, pupils and parents ensures that pupils' strengths are built upon and needs for their individual development addressed.

Our pupils feel at home in a school founded on Jewish values and learning. By the end of their time at Immanuel College, they not only are confident and well qualified academically, but have also attained a deep understanding of their faith and of the place of Jewry in the modern world.

At Immanuel College we believe that Jewish and secular learning shed light on one another, that Israel is central to the destiny of the Jewish people, and that girls and boys should have the same opportunities for Jewish learning.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

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Head master

Since April 2012, Mr Charles Dormer MA (40s). Born in New York into a third generation Jewish-American family, and initially educated there, but had most of his formative education in the UK - has dual American and British citizenship. He studied English at Magdalene College Cambridge at the age of 17 and had arranged to continue his PGCE at Cambridge, but was offered the opportunity to teach at St Dunstan’s College. Went on to launch media studies at Colfe’s School, leaving there to work in the preparatory sector: ‘I was keen to discover what made literacy work for young people.’ In 2002, he became head of English and then director of studies and deputy head at Westcliff High School for Boys, rapidly turning round English results: ‘I did the job which I was...

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Special Education Needs

Immanuel College offers teaching and guidance for average to bright children who experience mild to moderate specific learning difficulties. We have a team of three teachers and two teaching assistants who are qualified in different aspects of student support. Teachers also liaise with staff across the curriculum to ensure that suitable provision is made. We enjoy good parental contact which benefits both them, the staff and students. We aim to provide a nurturing environment in which all students can achieve their potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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 Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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