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Boys wear tweedy jackets, soft blue shirts and look like miniature gentlemen, but frayed cuffs and stubborn mud stains speak of rough and tumble rather than any concerns over dry-cleaning. When we enquire whether houses are fiercely competitive as we have seen elsewhere the boys are slightly baffled. Parents tell us: ‘There is a competitive spirit but it is one with a great comraderie’. Such is the gentleness of the boys...

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We may be a London prep school but in our outlook and ethos we are closer to a traditional country prep school in that our focus is on educating the 'whole boy'. Most boys leave us at 13 to some of the country's top public schools - both day and boarding. We are rightly proud of our boys’ outstanding successes in Common Entrance, but we’re just as proud of their feats on the sports field as well as in the music, art and drama that are embedded into our broad and wide-ranging curriculum. Perhaps more than this, we measure our success, as a school, by the character and manners of our boys.

With 260 boys and no plans to grow, we're small enough to know each boy well but large enough to field successful teams against much bigger schools.
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Since January 2019, Clive Smith-Langridge, previously head of Packwood Haugh. Industrial economics degree from Nottingham. Limbered up for the role by spending 16 years in marketing (including for Gillette and BAT Industries in Spain, Portugal, Trinidad and Chile, then returned to UK as head of marketing for Penhaligon’s) before switching to education. Has sine worked at single-sex, co-ed day and boarding schools including Cumnor House and Walhampton (the latter as deputy head). He is a director of IAPS and chair of its financial committee. When not in school, he regularly speaks publicly about education, and he can also be found practising his French at his home in the Pyrenees or playing cricket – we can’t imagine there are many heads who can claim to have captained the Chilean cricket team. Married to Sally; two...

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Special Education Needs

We provide support teaching from our full time Learning Support teacher for those with mild special needs. A prospective pupil requiring more than one hour's support during the week would probably not be best served by Northcote Lodge. Currently about a sixth of boys receive half an hour or more of support each week. The majority of such boys will be in Years 4 and 5. As they move up the school many find that such help is no longer required. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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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