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Some children really do skip between lessons here; it’s a very buoyant place. Elegant buildings, beautifully kept. Gravel crunches under foot. Mature trees (no climbing); but under the rhododendrons at break time, flashes of uniform and scrambling limbs. A plastic cow peers around the edge of the bushes, a school jumper draped around its head. One teacher blows a bugle of brilliance if he reads something fabulous in class; another gives top gun award for great work: aviator shades and a moustache for the day. ‘They enthral the children’, said another parent, in awe...


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Since 2013, Martyn Ward, married with two girls at Marlborough House School (MHS). Went to Westminster College Oxford, then taught at The Hall and Cothill House, before becoming deputy, then acting head of Eastbourne College Prep.

Warm and personable, much liked by pupils - ‘he’s fun, and interested in us’ - and parents - ‘he’s a breath of fresh air’; ‘always around when you want to speak to him’; ‘knows the children and is genuinely interested in them’ (he sends birthday cards to all the children, which is much appreciated).


‘No type it wouldn’t suit’, says the head. Broadly first come, first served, with taster days and soft touch testing so they know where pupils are and can monitor development. A parent thought that it wouldn't suit children who don’t recognise discipline...

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Special Education Needs

Marlborough House School aspires to unlock potential in every pupil, providing each child with an education tailored to his or her strengths and needs. Our aim is to ensure that the Learning Support department delivers fun support sessions designed with an individual focus, aiming to engage pupils and support them to become self-motivated learners. Learning support should be a positive experience and a safe environment where children can relax and focus on the areas of learning they find challenging, without feeling exposed or under pressure.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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