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Very relaxed atmosphere between pupils and staff, but mutual respect apparent. Parents spoke of ‘excellent teaching staff who know our children well and want them to succeed.’ Not flashy, but classy. Pupils ambitious and not fazed about leaving their rural idyll for urban sprawl; they are being well prepared. The distinctive purple, black and white striped blazers dominate, possibly an acquired taste ...

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What the school says...

If you’re looking for outstanding value, all-round education - day or boarding - we’re well worth a visit. Academic excellence is at the heart of everything we do, but it is our kind and caring ethos that sets us apart.

Visitors comment on the quiet confidence of our pupils; boys and girls who aim high and are motivated to achieve their very best in all aspects of school life. With a historic castle setting and facilities for the digital age, Kimbolton is an inspiring place to learn – come and see for yourself! ...Read more

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Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



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Since September 2023, Will Chuter, previously head of Cranbrook School and before that, deputy head and head of classics at Gresham’s School and a housemaster at Uppingham. Degree in ancient history from Durham. He joined the school with his wife, Hannah, and their children.

Head of prep since 2015, Philip Foley. Studied education so he could spend more time playing sports, before spending a year in industry, then drawn back into teaching, ‘the best decision ever’. Kimbolton is his fourth headship. Establishing himself well and knows all the children. ‘He is making positive changes, slowly without upsetting anyone.’ Parents like what they have seen of him and say he is very accessible, and always outside at the end of the day. Softly spoken and mild mannered, teaches years 2 and 4...

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Special Education Needs

We aim to equip all of our pupils with the skills to achieve their full potential across the curriculum, becoming independent and confident learners. Thus advice and support is offered to all pupils within the school, not just those identified as having specific difficulties. Our teachers are adept at recognising pupils who cause concern and our academic support staff work closely with colleagues to ensure they target the specific areas children are struggling with. Support may be provided in a group, paired or one-to-one format either in or out of the classroom. It may be offered for a single term through to the duration of a pupil’s time at Kimbolton. Parents are fully involved in the initial implementation of support and ongoing reviews of progress. Any parent may contact Academic Support for advice or to discuss an assessment or referral. For further information see:

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
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
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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