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Music is of a scope and standard befitting a much bigger school, and the complementary talents of voice and instrumental heads of music mean a fruitful cross-fertilisation of choral, jazz and orchestral music. Sport is taken seriously here. Hockey in particular scales heights which would be remarkable for a much bigger school. Not overly selective, King’s prides itself on accommodating all academic abilities through delivering...

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The school, founded in 1519, is situated in the historic and attractive Somerset town of Bruton. Enjoying a semi-rural location, Bruton has excellent road and rail links to many towns in the south of England as well as to Heathrow and Gatwick. The school combines historic buildings with much recent development. ...Read more

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Since 2009, Ian Wilmshurst MA PGCE (50s). A Scotsman by birth and, in his own words, born into and schooled in the Edinburgh educational mafia (his father taught at the Edinburgh Academy, his sister is currently head at Fettes), the last thing he was going to do was teach. But wind the clock forward a few years, after reading geography at Cambridge and the briefest of flirtations with the army, he returned to his old college for his PGCE, after two terms’ trying teaching out at the Dragon School. The roll call of schools where Mr Wilmshurst has taught since then is impressive: Highgate, Merchiston Castle and Royal Hospital where, as the sole deputy head, he had terrific exposure to the top job. 

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Special Education Needs

At King's we endeavour to provide a whole school policy for pupils with special needs. They receive help usually on a 1:1 basis in the Learning Support department, and follow a programme specifically suited to their needs. We help with literacy, study skills, and in areas of the curriculum where the pupils are experiencing problems. A CReSTeD category DU school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
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 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
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
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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