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A warmer welcome to a school you will not find, thanks to the lovely receptionists – and this really sets the tone for this surprisingly informal school where girls thrive academically, and then some. When we visited, two whole classes were absent for enrichment purposes – one practising for a big drama production in the senior school and one on a visit to the BFI, all dressed in Roald Dahl-themed costumes, complete with face-paint. Classrooms are airy and light, where teachers pack in the learning, although by no means all with chalk and talk...

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What the school says...

The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Junior Department is proud of its ethos of excellence within a family atmosphere, and seeks to develop bright, happy and confident girls, who mostly join us at 7 from a wide range of independent and maintained schools. The majority proceed to the Senior Department at eleven, through the school's 11+ entry procedures. Standards are high, and girls generally work in advance of their chronological age and standard year group.

The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Junior Department occupies a very attractive building, Burlington House, the classrooms are large, light and airy. There are superb specialist rooms and Junior girls make full use of the school's magnificent sports facilities including an indoor heating swimming pool. The school stands on a wonderful 30 acre site, and the girls enjoy their own play area, with a trim trail and climbing frame, and their own dining room.

There is a very wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs and activities. There include Drama, Tennis, Netball, Swimming, Gymnastics, Art, Latin, Chess, Gardening, Speech and Drama, Choir, Orchestra and other Music groups. Day trips, outing and visitors to the school are important ways of enriching the curriculum. Girls also have the opportunity to experience residential school visits.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of juniors

Since September 2016, Mrs Paula Mortimer BEd (40s), previously head of St Christina's school in St John's Wood. A science specialist with a degree from Oxford, she has taught in preps and all-through schools, latterly as deputy and acting head of Channing Junior School. Also has experience as SEN coordinator. Still loves teaching. ‘I have no plans whatsoever to stop spending time working with children in the classroom,’ she says. A hands-on head, she is known for fostering honest, open relationships not only with staff, but with pupils and parents. Very committed to pastoral care. ‘For me, a role as head is all about ensuring children are secure and happy first and foremost, as that’s what makes them successful learners. They’re two sides of the same coin.’ Particularly keen to see children...

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Special Education Needs

A fully-qualified SEN teacher is available part-time to work with individual girls or small groups as required. All girls are screened for Specific Learning Difficulties in Year 4 and further individual assessments are offered to any girl whose work or test results cause concern. Individual assessments with the SEN teacher are also offered at any stage if staff believe a child may need extra support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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