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We loved the free flow of the youngest children from inside their beautifully converted stable block to outside. Strains of jazz improvisation with woodwind and brass drifted out of the stunning music block. We were beguiled by the outdoor geography lesson where year 6 were studying the effects of weathering on the golden stone of the school’s original building, but somewhat diverted by the antics of…

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Our school motto is 'time and space for a full education' and this runs through everything we do here at Perrott Hill. As one would expect, this is delivered from an academic perspective, but it is the ability to enrich the children's lives with a vast number of different activities that explains why Perrott Hill is loved by the children and why the pupils look forward to coming to school and want to learn.

A talented and dedicated staff deliver a full programme of academic lessons, games sessions and a huge variety of activities from horseriding and archery to carpentry and pinhole photography. Some 75% of children learn a musical instrument and art and drama are extremely popular throughout the school.
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Since 2018, Alex McCullough BA, previously head of Polwhele House near Truro. Brought up and educated in the north of England (a chorister at Blackburn Cathedral, a music graduate of Durham), Mr McCullough’s career has embraced both state and independent schools, becoming deputy head of a primary school at a precocious 27 years of age, before moving to Repton Prep as academic director and thence to Cornwall.

Now that his ankles have been comfortably crossed under his Somerset desk for five years, he was happy to reflect on his achievements to date: ‘Getting through Covid and negotiating the school’s transition from charitable status to privately owned [it was taken over by Stirling Education in 2021]…’ he mused, adding laughingly – ‘It’s not been glamorous!’ Glamorous it might not have...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support department at Perrott Hill is a team of professionally trained staff who help to support and develop those children who are identified as having additional learning needs. The team works alongside form tutors, teaching staff and parents to deliver a bespoke programme tailored to the individual, so that each child can be successful and fulfil their ambitions. Perrott Hill is a school where learning, achievements, attitudes and wellbeing really matter. There is no set curriculum in the Learning Support department, as each child has different needs and goals; the aim of the department is to guide pupils towards independent learning through a graduated response. The awareness of learning diversity is recognised when planning, to ensure all pupils are provided with equal opportunities, and strengths are focused on. Children may experience learning difficulties at any point during their education. Support is available in class by use of differentiated teaching methods, or through small group or one-to-one intervention. Where appropriate, we use programmes which will include a structured format and are cumulative in their approach, involving multisensory techniques and a number of opportunities for rehearsal. Additional charges apply for Learning Support lessons and strong liaison between parents, form tutors, subject teachers and the child is essential. Please contact the school for further information.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
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

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