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Inwoods Small School

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Parents praise the ‘equality between student and teacher’. During our visit small children were grouped around a tree trunk with an adult, magnifying glasses in hand, discovering. A child broke off to run, then returned to the group – no problem, no yelling, no telling off. Coercion and control do not feature in this school and it’s only on visiting this sort of environment that it strikes you how much traditional education relies upon hierarchy and domination. A child here can say ‘no’ without...

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What the school says...

Situated in mid-Hampshire on a beautiful property surrounded by trees, Inwoods Small School is an independent day school for primary-aged children. Inwoods is a Krishnamurti school and we seek to provide an environment that nurtures sensitivity and encourages inquiring and attentive minds. Education at Inwoods means far more than the acquisition of knowledge and learning, the intention is to nurture creativity, encourage questioning, and also allow time for quiet reflective observation. ...Read more

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Since 2022, Thomas Lehmann, principal for both Brockwood Park School and Inwoods Small School, which are part of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust. Studied PE and geography at the University of Münster, Germany and the University of Las Palmas, Spain. Also has an MA in education. He works alongside four other staff members (called the school management committee) which oversee both schools.

Since 2020, head of Inwoods is Kate Power. It’s not her formal job title but parents say it might as well be. In addition to ‘overseeing and coordinating’ Inwoods, she also sits on the four-strong management committee for both Brockwood and Inwoods, and she also teaches at Brockwood and is SENCo for both schools. Following her BA in history and sociology, she did her teacher training at Exeter. Also has...

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Special Education Needs

At Inwoods, special needs provision is an integral part of our program. Our emergent curriculum caters to the individual needs and strengths of each child. Our community focus helps build connection, sense of purpose and contribution. The beautiful setting and regular contact with nature meet the deeper needs of many children. Therefore, we cater for many special needs, including dyscalcula, dyslexia, attention and sensory issues, etc. It is important also to be aware that as a small school our in-school SEN support is limited. We don't have any SEN specialists on site and this means at times we can't meet all needs. As part of the application process we carefully look to see if the needs of each individual can be met. Clear, open communication between the school and parents in the application process is essential to ensure that the school can meet the needs of the child. For children that are accepted at Inwoods but would benefit from additional support by working with SEN specialists outside of the school we are happy to make recommendations. Families will need to cover these costs. We don't require educational psychological assessments for every child to get extra help, though some families choose to get them, or we will recommend them in certain cases.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia 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 Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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