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Beautiful garden with immaculate lawn, pear trees, lavender and a summer house. Heaven on earth for children. Plenty of time is spent outside just being little girls, pottering about, playing and riding up and down the path on wheeled toys. Sensory garden includes a house for a hedgehog and instructions written by the girls on the gate to ‘Look out for thorns!’ Huge amount of extracurricular activities on offer as school ’wants to work out what engages a girl.’ Clubs currently include sessions on climbing wall, portraiture, gardening and coding...

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What the school says...

At James Allen's Junior School we create an atmosphere of happiness and warmth in which children are motivated to work and play to the best of their abilities. Both inside and outside the classroom, we generate a sense of vitality and a conviction that learning is fun. Our pupils are refreshingly independent-minded and open-hearted. We teach children to think for themselves and they flourish academically because they learn to trust their own judgement. We foster the values of hard work, thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. James Allen's Junior School is a warm-hearted community where laughter is an essential part of the school day and where each child feels valued, happy and stimulated. ...Read more

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Since 2007, Finola Stack BA PGCE Mont Dip. Co-founded Finton House School in 1987, before moving on to Cameron House as head in 1994. ISI inspector. Revered by the girls. Highly articulate, Miss Stack goes to great lengths to express herself as unambiguously as possible. One parent described her manner as being ‘quite restrained, which can seem chilly, though she is probably just being careful’. Parents describe her as ‘kind’ and ‘sensitive’, and appreciate her professionalism. Finds time to boost those girls with low self-esteem. The consensus among parents seems to be that she is ‘fair, reasonable and at pains to do her best for the girls and for the school… but she won’t be bullied by parents’. Not a head that hides herself away in her study. ‘Very visible,’ commented one parent. Teaches...

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Special Education Needs

JAPS was praised in its last (2002) ISI Inspection Report for the 'excellence' of its provision for special needs. JAPS is extremely well resourced in terms of Learning Support and Enrichment teaching. In the Pre-Prep (4-7 year-old boys and girls), there is a SENCO for 3 days pw plus a further learning support teacher for 2.5 days pw In the Middle School (7-11 year-old girls) there is a qualified SENCO for 3 days pw plus 2 further Learning Support Teachers. There are 3 specialist rooms in the school as a whole dedicated to Special Needs/Learning Support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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