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No Saturday school, but attendance at sporting fixtures is mandatory and everyone is involved.  The 'sport for all ethos' where 'it's all about performance, not results' is key...Hours of fun are to be had in the grounds and on the river, boating, fishing, camping or cooking on campfires. Only a few boys board for geographical reasons, most live within an hour of the school and board because they love it. Half of year 8 boys end up boarding to prepare them for their next schools 

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What the school says...

Moulsford is a thriving Prep School of 370 boys aged 3 - 13 years, set in tranquil and picturesque grounds on the banks of the River Thames surrounded by the rolling hills of South Oxfordshire. At Moulsford, the message is straightforward. We want our boys to receive the broadest possible education, while remembering that they will learn best when happy and settled. Our down-to-earth, family-focussed approach embraces the fact that boys of this age should be having fun at the same time as learning. Our high academic standards ensure that boys progress to the top senior schools in the country. A new extra-curricular activities programme incorporating the Moulsford Award provides a huge variety of opportunities for the boys to explore their hidden talents and learn new skills. ...Read more

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Since 2014, Ben Beardmore-Gray (50s). Educated at Ludgrove (where his father taught) and Ampleforth, he read history at Newcastle before embarking on a career as a corporate lawyer in the City of London. An educationalist at heart, the legal world was not for him and he returned to Ludgrove where he gained his QTS, thence to Farleigh Prep as deputy head followed by seven years as head of Mowden Hall School in Northumberland. Some of those lawyerly skills are evident in the clearly defined and forward-thinking strategies he has rolled out at Moulsford.

We were impressed by Mr B-G's account of the practical changes he has put in place. Pastoral care is viewed as a cornerstone and proactive monitoring of pupils' mental health is a priority. The introduction of AS...

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Special Education Needs

At Moulsford, we believe that there may come a point in any boy’s school career where he needs a bit of extra care and help. While this can often be addressed through a differentiated curriculum in the classroom, some do need more focussed attention in a one to one or small group environment, whether physically, emotionally, socially, or for a specific learning difficulty. Academic and pastoral staff work closely with parents if it is thought that a pupil might need additional help. Steps are taken to assess, plan and review, so that appropriate action can be taken to support each individual - for example in literacy, numeracy, gross and fine motor skills and other aspects such as study skills - all within a friendly and caring department that is integrated throughout life at Moulsford. Boys are always rewarded for their extra endeavours which subsequently raises self-esteem. A small team of well-qualified and experienced Learning Support teachers and Learning Support assistants are committed to building self-confidence in their pupils, communicating with their parents, and co-ordinating with teaching staff and outside professional agencies as necessary (eg Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists). Raising an awareness and understanding in this area is also regarded as important. Guest speakers are invited to speak to the boys in assemblies, as well as there being regular training for staff, and coffee mornings for parents. An extra charge is made for individual Learning Support lessons.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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
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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