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The most academic school in the East Midlands, claims the school, and that's the main reason parents choose it. ‘But it’s not just grades, grades, grades, push, push, push,’ said one. ‘What they excel at is supporting them.’ This goes beyond the classroom to include subject clinics (promoted on practically every classroom door during our visit), enrichment (Olympiads, essay competitions etc) and, as a student pointed out, ‘Every teacher is always available for one-to-ones.’ Motivation considered essential – ‘although,’ pondered one older student, ‘you do get some floating a bit in year 7 but your peers help trigger a work ethic.’ Definitely not a school where you’d get made fun of for working hard...

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At Nottingham High School we have a well-deserved national reputation both for our academic achievements and for the high standards achieved in the wide range of activities we offer. We are proud of our tradition, but at the same time have a strong sense of purpose for the future. Ours is a diverse, down-to-earth school which thrives on curiosity, challenge, encouragement and kindness; a community where intelligent pupils from a wide variety of social backgrounds are given the maximum opportunity to strive for the highest standards. Full admissions policies and processes can be found on our website. Entry at 11 is by examinations in Maths, English & VR, and includes a 15 minute interview. Entry at 16 is by interview and is conditional upon GCSE performance. Entry to Junior and Infant Schools are by assessment commensurate with age of child. ...Read more

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Since 2007, Kevin Fear BA PGCE. Educated at Douai and Southampton University. Previously head of history at King’s Chester before joining Nottingham High in 2000 as a senior teacher, then deputy head with academic and marketing responsibilities. Doesn’t do things by halves - under his watch, the school has gained an infant section and gone co-ed. Next on his list is a wellbeing centre – a pastoral hub that houses everything from counselling to learning support: ‘We’re proud of our results but you can’t just push kids academically without looking after them as people.’

Teaching was always on the cards, he says. Before reading history at Southampton he worked in a Devon prep for a couple of terms, ‘and that was it.’ Went into the independent sector, ‘Because of the sport,...

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Special Education Needs

The SEN department has progressed greatly in the last few years and now has two members of staff: one full time SENCo and one subject teacher who does a part timetable in learning support. Our aim is to enable our pupils with learning difficulties to achieve their full potential whatever that might be. Pupils needing support are withdrawn on a rota basis depending on need. This can be short term or throughout their time at the school. Support sessions may take the form of specific specialist dyslexic teaching, or revision and study skills to support access to the curriculum. The department has a high profile within the school with an open-door policy for any pupil who needs support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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