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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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Headmaster

Since 2015, Mark Smith (50s,) with a BSc in economics from Lancaster University. We meet in his office, more drawing room than office, decorated in country house style, full of antiques, decorative lamps and oil paintings. He comes across as modest, reflective and easy to talk frankly with.

Previously deputy head at Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire where he had also been head of mathematics. Prior to this, he taught at Millfield senior school in Somerset for 20 years where he enjoyed spells as housemaster, head of year and head of junior boys’ sport. Very much a country prep man, Mr Smith says he acquired the post ‘slightly by accident’, as he was very happy where he was, but dipping his toes into the water of headships found a school which...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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