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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. Music is huge at NHP; 'everyone loves the Music Man', a long-standing fixture, so when he leaves at the end of the year there will be much lamentation. Being unable to sing is not considered an option here...

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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2003, Jane Cameron BEd (50s), three grown-up children. She was persuaded by the parents at Acorn Nursery not to retire or abandon her 'babies' to the vagaries of other schools but start her own prep so that their children could continue to benefit from her huge enthusiasm for education. Here is a woman who would love to stop the clock, not because she isn’t entirely happy in her own skin (she clearly is) but because she loves every aspect of her job – children, staff and parents. One new boy in reception, in a case of mistaken identity, proudly announced to his mother 'we had assemberlee with David Cameron and she was very nice'; however, Jane Cameron (as she is universally called) would certainly have a poll rating way above that of any...

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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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
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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