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‘The tutoring culture is the parents’ and not the school’s, and it’s very difficult to shake,’ says one. ‘Trust us’ is the school’s message, and clearly they should: VR and NVR preparation starts in year 4 (earlier than in many schools), there’s exam technique and interview prep, access to ATOM learning, and teachers offer supplementary...

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Since 2013, Tim Calvey, formerly school's deputy head and art teacher. With his brightly-lined pinstriped suits and slick social media livestreams, we’d expected a slightly bombastic, larger than life head. In fact, Tim Calvey (recipient of a huge 50th birthday cake on the day of our visit) is reflective, a listener, extremely alive to the issues and challenges in people’s lives and intent on defusing parents' over-zealous academic aspirations for their children. The son of teachers (a familiar tale with prep heads), Mr Calvey was raised (less typically) in Zimbabwe and vowed (as most do) ‘never to teach’ after reading art. With his wife, who also works at Orley Farm, Mr Calvey has run boarding houses in the past, one aspect of school life he misses.

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School Y
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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