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Confident balance between carrot and stick, independence and structure, work and play: ‘in amongst the madhouse, they get the results’. Boys given unusual responsibility in terms of managing themselves, but safety net provides a soft landing if need be. ‘Set the bar high and they really go for it’, says Mr Bunbury. Indeed, lessons are go go go, teachers and pupils firing on all cylinders as they try out new ideas and learn from each other. Thursday afternoons a cornucopia of activities. Herpetology leads the way (‘a knowledge of creeping animals’, one boy helpfully translates from the Greek). Loads of sport, masses of fixtures (amongst the most at any prep, school claims): ‘the best way to learn the importance of respect, teamwork and being gracious in both winning and losing’.

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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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Sports

Polo

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2004, Mr Tom Bunbury (50s). BA (Hons) in law from Durham, criminal solicitor for four years, PGCE (Cambridge) and a year at Woodcote House. Joined Papplewick in 1993.

Absolutely adored by the school community. ‘Funny’, ‘sincere’, ‘caring’, say parents; ‘totally charming, not in a dreadful smooth way’. Really, really understands boys (‘little itchy scratchy creatures’). Has given his life to the school (‘totally dedicated, but not a loser,’ one parent suggests), and still finds huge joy in it: ‘The whole thing should be fun.’ Unafraid of boys-will-be-boys approach: ‘They need exercise and food, like puppies.’ Invests a lot in recruiting tremendous teachers ‘who see the world through children’s eyes’.

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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
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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