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When we arrived the whole school was outside engaged in a cross-country run around the 23 acre site. It is a school where children climb trees (‘I often wonder what a health and safety official would say,’ said one parent wryly) and get muddy (‘You have to expect to have the washing machine on every evening,’ another told us.)  The school says there is a bit less time for traditional English and maths than some other schools give, but points out that the children nevertheless...

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Since April 2021, Jennie Phillips, the first female head of the school and indeed in the King’s Foundation. Previously head of Monmouth School Girls’ Prep School, she was educated at Oxford High School and studied education at Exeter. A keen hiker and swimmer, the great outdoors is very much her thing. A whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, she is a natural with the children, we were told. Married to Eddie, with two daughters who are at the senior school.


The school pretty well fills up at kindergarten, as well as having intakes in reception and the following years. Certainly at kindergarten level it is fairly non-selective. Children visit the school and are informally observed.

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Special Education Needs

The school employs a number of support staff to assist both in the classroom and in individual support lessons. All support lessons are an integral part of our provision and there is no additional charge for such provision. 09-09

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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