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Monkton Prep School

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They are praised for what they can do, and encouraged to adopt the growth mind-set philosophy of ‘I can’t do this – yet’. Cross-curricular learning here too, and a healthy attitude to risk: tiny children were chopping up apples with sharp knives and close supervision when we visited in late summer. Cross-country running a Monkton perennial, and it was wonderful to see any stumbling stragglers cheered home as warmly as the loping long distance runners...

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What the school says...

Monkton Prep is a most exciting place to live and work. It is a real privilege to play such an important part in the development of the young children that have been entrusted to our care.

Maintaining the delicate balance between academic success and personal development is one of the School's great strengths. From the tiny two-year olds in the Pre-Prep to the teenagers in the Prep School, the happiness of every child is of paramount importance. ...Read more

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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Martin Davis BEd (late 40s), a Monkton old boy and graduate of what is now the University of Gloucestershire. Born to missionary parents, Mr Davis spent his early life in Thailand (and indeed his gap year), although he was sent back to the UK to Monkton as a boarder – aged 5. ‘They looked after a small boy only used to wearing shorts and flip-flops very well’, he adds, slightly misty-eyed. Between starting out at Monkton and ending up there, Mr Davis’ career has taken him to St Andrew’s Turi (a well-trodden path to or from Monkton) and a long stint at Hazlegrove as deputy head. That long experience of prep schools gives him a delightfully relaxed yet assured demeanour, but it would be underselling this man of quiet resolve and his...

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Special Education Needs

Learning development at Monkton is done in three ways; in-class support, booster groups, and one-to-one or shared tuition in a specially equipped room. The staff are trained to help children with mild/moderate learning difficulties. Learning support is charged as an extra. The school has links with Bath Spa University's education department as well as with Patoss. Extra help is given to dyslexic pupils as well as a range of other learning difficulties by a dedicated and experienced team of staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia 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 Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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