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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 head says there is a bit less time for traditional English and maths than some other schools give, but he points out that the children nevertheless achieve highly, the vast majority…

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Since 2006, Jim Turner (early 50s), who is not in the flashy CEO-style head mould. He is comfortable feeding the chickens that are on site and breeding the birds that the children delight in watching. But alongside the gentleman farmer image, there is a man who cares passionately about the sort of education that is right for young children. The children are learning from doing – and a lot of the doing goes on outside. Jim Turner‘s first headship was in Sunderland and the children tell us that the trials and tribulations of the football team there are a running theme at assembly time. To say it is just a place of work for him would be travesty – he lives and breathes the whole school. Parents say that he is more comfortable around...

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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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