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This 50 acre site also encompasses a large woodland which provides a muddy but exciting landscape for den-building competitions and a BMX trail. Manicured lawns host an annual garden fête, barbecue and leavers’ matches, and a beautifully-kept rose garden provides all the floristry for speech day. Focus on CE kicks off in year 7 after the unique experience of ‘entente cordiale’, a term spent at Château de Sauveterre near Toulouse, immersed in French...

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What the school says...

Boarding is central to the ethos of the school, with the Headmaster and his family living in the heart of the building. There is a full weekend programme, together with a broad range of evening and extra-curricular activities. Music, drama and sport are particularly strong. Roughly 70% of children in the Prep School are full boarders. The school has high academic expectations and children achieve entry to the country's leading public schools.

Children in Year 7 spend a whole term at Chateau de Sauveterre near Toulouse in France, where they are immersed in the French culture and language. Mowden Hall is a member of the Cothill Educational Trust.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since July 2020, Kate Martin, formerly deputy head. Came to Mowden Hall in 2011 after teaching in schools including Oundle, Ampleforth and two day schools in Newcastle.

Entrance

Prospective parents visit most days. Be careful with open days – we spoke to one family who visited on one with no intention of enrolling their children but ‘were so overwhelmed with the fun and happy atmosphere and the setting that we made a decision on the spot’. Wide ability range – non-selective, but then again ‘not just anyone’: maintaining the school’s ethos and dynamic is important, so if it really wouldn’t work for a new a child alongside existing pupils then the head is prepared to say so. Informal assessment, usually during a taster day spent in school, plus interview with head. Vast majority of pre-prep transfer...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department's aim is to help children with specific learning difficulties to read, spell and cope with the academic curriculum, ultimately resulting in them passing Common Entrance in their final year. Pupils follow a multi-sensory teaching programme delivered by a specialist teacher, mostly on a one-to-one basis. The number of lessons they attend and the speed at which they complete the programme is tailored to their individual needs. The department liaises with colleagues across the teaching staff in order to provide support and encouragement to pupils across the whole curriculum, as well as outside agencies when necessary.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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