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Parents are voluble in their support for the school. ‘It’s the greatest decision we have made for our daughter,’ said one. Not the most spacious of schools but it makes good use of its two small playgrounds (complete with netball hoops and two climbing walls). A plethora of opportunities to tread the boards. ‘I’m a tough audience,’ a father told us. ‘I leave most plays at the interval but at Norland Place I have sat through extraordinary... 

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Since 2002, Patrick Mattar LRAM MA. Educated at Solihull School and the Royal Academy of Music. He originally hoped to play the piano professionally but despite performing in Germany, Holland and the US he realised that a classical music career is ‘a very rare thing’. When he spotted an ad for the director of music role at Norland Place he applied for it and got it. ‘The first thing I noticed when I came here was that the children were happy and relaxed and there was such a nice rapport between the teachers and the children,’ he says. He moved to Wetherby School in 1996, first as director of music and then deputy head, studying for a master’s in education management and administration at UCL Institute of Education along the way. Six years later...

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Special Education Needs

We have a part-time special needs co-ordinator and a part-time speech and language therapist, along with a school counsellor who visits once a week. External agencies are used for support with occupational therapy needs, for example.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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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