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This is a happy school, set in stunning grounds, which is strong academically, but without the pressure-cooker ethos of some other schools in this moneyed area of Surrey. ‘There’s no doubt my sons are challenged in the classroom and reach their full potential, but it’s no hothouse,’ one parent told us. Boys have a lot to fit in their day, with a pacey 10 35-minute lessons a day timetable. It’s not quite as frenetic as it sounds, though, with some double periods (and even triple for art and sports). When asked what they would change if they were headteacher for the day, we got the best answer ever ...

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What the school says...

Parkside is a thriving preparatory school for boys aged from four to 13, with an onsite co-educational nursery. Set in over 45 acres of beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Cobham, and just a few minutes from the A3, the School provides a stimulating environment in which boys can learn, grow and develop. We focus on providing an education that allows the boys to make the most of their abilities, interests and talents so that they will progress to senior schools as confident and independent individuals, with a joy of learning. ...Read more

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Head

Since December 2018, Nicole Janssen, previously director of training and development here, and the school's first female head. Music degree and PGCE from Kingston; leading maths teacher for Newham, deputy head at a London primary school, head of upper school then deputy head at Longacre School in Surrey. Joined Parkside in 2016 as a specialist teacher.

Entrance

Boys in the co-ed nursery can move seamlessly to the pre-prep and prep. External entrance to pre-prep and 7+ dependent on an assessment day held in November, which includes tests in English and maths. Any SEN issues will be taken up then too. Perhaps less choosy than some of its rivals, but if boys are rude and disrespectful on assessment day – ‘some are,’ admits the school – then they will be turned away.

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Special Education Needs

We have a Learning Support Department which caters for the specific needs of our pupils. Currently we cater for pupils with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia seeing them on a one to one basis or in small groups when appropriate. The focus of the department is to give them the confidence to achieve their full potential and to develop strategies to deal with their difficulties. We also offer help with organisational skills and study skills. 10-09

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