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Despite the rather ramshackle – and in some parts shabby – school fabric, all mod cons are incongruously present and correct. But it’s the innately confident buzz at Papplewick that blows any comparison with more pristine schools out of the water. Boys whizzing past on scooters? Check. Teachers strolling around in fancy dress for a themed language day (the first time we’ve ever been introduced to a teacher as...

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What the school says...

We provide an outstanding academic education in an atmosphere where 'boys can still be boys' and individuality is celebrated. We offer the broadest possible range of extra curricular activities including polo, snake club and rocket making, and continue to maintain our highly successful academic record, gaining no less than 38 awards in the last 3 years, including 2 King's Scholarships to Eton together with art, sport and music scholarships.

The school prides itself on having a modern, family-friendly approach to boarding. Year 2 boys have a slightly shorter day, and no Saturday morning school.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2004 Tom Bunbury BA PGCE (50s). Educated at Woodcote House Prep and Millfield before heading to read law at Durham and ultimately returning to Woodcote to try his hand at teaching. Landed at Papplewick in 1993 after completing PGCE at Homerton College Cambridge, and has remained ever since. Route to headship included spells as head of maths, housemaster and deputy head.

Quite the most genuinely charming head teacher we have ever met. Jolly (we were reliably informed by a pupil that ‘head’s detentions are actually fun’) yet utterly sincere; a wry smile never far from his face. At heart an educator in the most holistic sense: he speaks of the ‘luxury of inculcating the values required to be a really good human being’ upon his young proteges and turning...

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Special Education Needs

Papplewick provides support to those with mild SEN through our extra tuition team providing one-on-one support to the boys. This is paid for as an 'extra'.

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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