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We sat in on a fascinating year 6 philosophy for children (P4C) class and wanted to vote ourselves when it came to choosing the question for discussion, in fact we would have paid big money to stay and listen to the intelligent arguments raised. On asking fouder Jane Cameron what she was proudest of, she answered, 'This may sound fluffy, but it is having created a community where everyone is happy'. Not a bit fluffy in our view...

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It is embedded in our school philosophy that every child should begin and end the day in a happy frame of mind - and NHP is a happy school. In a safe and supportive environment children have the confidence to take intellectual risks in order to stretch themselves academically, to think creatively and to develop a passion for learning.

Kindness and thoughtfulness are defining values of the ethos of the school and we acknowledge and celebrate the qualities and contributions of all our children.
Education is about lighting the fire, not filling the pail and in so doing we enable each child to become his/her own best person. As one parent said 'it is a credit to the school that you are able to see the individual strengths of each child and make them feel special for who they are rather than what they 'should be'.
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Since September 2019, Sarah Knollys BA PGCE (40s), previously head of Glendower Prep, who took over on the retirement of founding head Jane Cameron. Educated at Exeter (a degree in French and Italian) and Roehampton universities. Started teaching career as SEN assistant at Finton House; rose from form teacher to maths co-ordinator, SCITT mentor, key stage 2 manager, senior management team and school governor at Allfarthing, a busy state school in Wandsworth; founding head, Maple Walk School, London (2005-2012). Married to Christopher; they have two teenage sons.

Bright and bubbly, Mrs Knollys exudes warmth and is highly accessible. She is the kind of person who rolls up her sleeves and gets on with it, whether it be teaching netball, transforming school lunches or wearing her slippersocks round the school on...

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Special Education Needs

Notting Hill Prep School has a well established Learning Support Centre that strives to be a centre of excellence. The department is very well resourced and employs a full time Special Needs Co-ordinator. The Learning Centre programmes cater largely for the needs of pupils with mild learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and those children experiencing some speech and language difficulties. The whole school is very well resourced in terms of IT equipment and the Learning Centre utilises a wide range of SpLD specific programmes, alongside assessment batteries, visual search and cognitive attainment programmes. All pupils preparing for external examinations are able to partake in Thinking Skills and Study Skills programmes and workshops. Similarly, Gifted and Able pupils are able to access a wide range of software designed to stimulate, engage and challenge children. Perhaps the key to the success of the Learning Centre is that there is no stigma involved in using the facilities, as such a wide range and number of children throughout the school enjoy access to the facilities offered there.

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