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Pupils revel in their surroundings and ’swimming in the pool and looking up at the trees‘, ’playing outside on summer evenings’, and ’the view from the dormitories’ were all mentioned as special. Learning support is for all with a drop-in centre open all day and into the evening. ’They spotted that my son needed some help without me having to ask and ask,’ we were told. Den building in the spinneys and copses together with a genuine assault course in the woods provide plenty of opportunity to run free...

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What the school says...

In a magical setting, boys and girls, day pupils and boarders, experience a unique childhood at Orwell Park as well as a first class education. Pupils benefit from small classes, excellent teaching, and pastoral care. Wonderful facilities include 110 acres of grounds, specialist teaching rooms, a full range of sporting activities and an excellent tradition is maintained in both music and drama. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011 Adrian Brown MA (Cantab) PGCE. Early 50s. Previously spent 20 years at Ipswich School where he taught French and German before being appointed deputy head (pastoral). He thinks, ‘It has been invaluable, as a prep head, to have taught in senior schools. I know what they are looking for and expecting. Being “in the know” is something parents can depend on for guidance in choosing senior schools and entering for scholarships.' Wants all pupils to ‘discover their strengths and develop skills that will stand them in good stead throughout life’. Believes in allowing pupils to experience the sometimes-uncomfortable feeling of 'not getting things right first time': ‘We are becoming risk averse as a society and sometimes we learn best by our mistakes.’ Strong advocate of collaborative learning and developing resilience and good...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support department at Orwell Park runs throughout the school, supporting children across all ages and abilities. We carry out an 'In-House' assessment prior to recommending individual programmes for each child on the Learning Support Register and work closely with children, staff and parents. Children may need to be withdrawn from lessons with one of our team (including a Maths Specialist) or may find that in-class support offers enough help for their specific learning difficulties. We run study skills groups and revision sessions prior to exams for years 7 and 8. We also have early morning spelling groups, paired reading groups and children may follow a typing course, if it is considered beneficial. We work closely with all outside agencies such as SALTs, Physios, Ed. Psychs etc. Gifted and talented children are recognised as having specific needs, and pupils who are identified are well served. Orwell Park offers the following areas of support: scholarship sets in Years 7 and 8; differentiated programmes of work within the classroom throughout the whole school; a Thinking Skills club; opportunities to take part in academic challenges with other schools; and opportunities to study a second foreign language or Greek. The Headmaster has recently introduced a Young Einstein’s Club. Speakers will be invited on a weekly basis to talk on thought provoking subjects, such as: philosophy, logic, history of art, how medicine has affected the course of history, to name but a few.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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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