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Mayville works hard to juggle and combine the best of all worlds - small spaces, but shared facilities, separate boys' and girls' teaching but shared activities. Classrooms are small, but then class sizes are small too. Performing arts a very big attraction of the school - drama, dance, singing all expected from pupils who not infrequently go on to perform in the West End. Pupils have joined the English dance squad, performed in Billy Elliott and gone on to study drama...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Graphic Products at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Headteacher

Since 2014, Rebecca Parkyn (40s) MA French and German (Oxon) MA PGCE MCIL. Mrs Parkyn was a past pupil at Mayville and is now both the head and a parent of a child at the school. She originally left Portsmouth for Oxford University where she studied at St Hilda’s and then went to University College London to do an MA in philosophy. She gained a PGCE at the Institute of Education, London and her first teaching post was at St Benedict's, where she taught languages up to A level. She became head of German and head of philosophy at Bedales, which must have suited her well because she stayed for eight years before moving to become head of the languages faculty at King Edward VI in Southampton.

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The Dyslexia Unit was established in 1992 to provide specialist support to pupils across the age range 4-16. Most pupils are assessed prior to school entry, in addition to this, small classes and a whole school awareness of dyslexia enable staff to quickly identify and refer pupils who may be experiencing difficulties so that they can be supported in the most effective way. All members of staff are trained to utilise the principles of Accelerated Learning, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK) model and Multiple Intelligence profiling to assist pupils, especially those with dyslexia, in the most effective way. Each pupil is regarded as a unique individual, with a unique pattern of strengths and unique ways of being clever and successful. The focus is on positive feedback, building self-esteem and confidence - maintaining high expectations while providing a "safety net". Support can be delivered in a variety of ways from classroom support via an effective team of Learning Support Assistants, to work in small groups, to individual specialist tuition with a dyslexia tutor, to support on one of our own programmes, for example Target Reading or Target Maths. IEPs are devised from education psychology reports and in-house assessments. They are used to focus and inform teaching and to monitor the attainment of targets set. They are frequently referred to, discussed with other staff, parents and wherever appropriate, with the pupils themselves. The structure and content of the support lesson depends on pupil age and individual needs. Each lesson is based on targets from the IEP and developed via several linked tasks with reinforcement delivered via multi-sensory games and computer programmes. A School Advisory Plan is also drawn up summarising all SEN documentation held on the pupil with hints to help mainstream staff. Many of the games are tailor made for individual pupils and make learning so enjoyable that pupils sometimes get quite upset if they have done so well that they no longer need to attend the Unit!

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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