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Every pillow adorned with loved, often dilapidated soft toy, resident seamstress (‘crucially important,’ says Mrs Barber) on hand to work miracles when teddies’ arms come adrift or eyes go missing - ‘upsetting but it’s the smell they like…’ Upbeat approach translates into academics. Teachers are ‘amazing,’ say parents, talking round subjects and knowing their pupils. ‘They work you hard but within your ability,’ thought pupil. ‘I wasn’t clever when I arrived – now I am.’ ‘Never gave up on my son…and he flew,’ said parent.  Great outdoors spread over 130 acres includes…

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Ludgrove is a thriving full boarding prep school for boys age 8 to 13 which sits in 130 acres of spectacular grounds and is a magical place to spend five years of childhood. Here the boys have a wealth of opportunities: a stimulating curriculum, exceptional facilities and a vibrant enrichment programme with exposure to music, drama, sport and art. An exciting addition for the 2020 academic year will be the opening of a £2.5million, state-of-the-art Exploration Centre providing one of the finest prep school scientific and creative learning environments in the country. At Ludgrove we aim to develop the boys' confidence in a caring and supportive environment where they are valued as individuals but learn to live as a community. Friendships are made for life and the full boarding experience and unique Ludgrove spirit allows boys to thrive in an atmosphere of high achievement, happiness, good manners and kindness. Our academic record speaks for itself: we are non selective on entry, yet our boys go on to the top Public Schools, notably Eton, Radley and Harrow. ...Read more

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Since 2008, Simon Barber BA (40s) following six years as a teacher here and, before that, at Ashdown House. Mr Barber, who grew up here (and has fond memories of watching cows being milked in what is now the art and carpentry block), completed teacher training at robust state school Cranford Community College with aplomb, tweed jacket and Eton education no barrier to pupil acceptance – when asked where he was at school ‘I said, “down the road, just south of Slough”.’ Spell teaching geography at LVS Ascot was followed by short digression ‘as junior squit’ in corporate finance – quickly realised not for him.

Headship shared until 2013 when joint incumbent moved on to school of his own. After initial parental nerviness, Barbers now universally reckoned to be bit...

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Special Education Needs

We have a strong learning support department comprising three specialist teachers in addition to a visiting speech and language therapist and dyspraxia therapist. All boys are screened on arrival and if any literacy or numeracy difficulties are identified an individual programme of support is put in place. Current boys identified by teachers are referred through a referral form to Learning Support who will then assess the boy and devise a tailor-made programme. All individual programmes are designed after consultation with the English and Mathematics departments and then a profile of the pupil is given to all staff to facilitate their teaching and the boys' learning.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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