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Pupils were eager to tell what they had learned, and how: 'Exciting teaching, kind teachers, some a bit mad but the good thing is you remember what they say, it stays with you and they will always help'. We saw super maths model villages (lots of nets and shapes, fashioned into 3D high streets); we even gently teased our charming guides about the designer outlets and Jack Wills stores; they responded with good humour, enthusiasm and grins. A hardy bunch, practise in all weathers; used to lose at everything but no longer the case...

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What the school says...

We would like to think that Pinewood is a little different. What makes it so is intangible, but nevertheless apparent in the atmosphere that permeates the school, is embodied in our vision, aims and values and evident in our approach to life.
Pupils are prepared for top Independent Senior Schools at both Common Entrance and scholarship level through a blend of traditional and forward-thinking teaching which encourages independence in learning and fosters academic excellence. Music, drama, art and sport are seen as vital to a child's development and the school offers, in addition, a wide range of activities. Manners, self-reliance and a regard for others are valued principles upon which the school's ethos is built. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2002, Mr Philip Hoyland BEd (50s), educated at The Downs, Malvern, followed by Cheltenham College. Read English and education at Exeter; previously housemaster, then deputy head, at The Dragon. Married to the warm, compassionate Henrietta; they met at Ludgrove when she was under-matron and he a rookie teacher (they have three grown-up children). Very much a partnership, her gentle humour a foil for his sense of adventure; both fully involved with the school (she is head of girls' boarding and central to much of school life).

Articulate, charming, a gentleman, Mr Hoyland wants education to be explored, and enjoyed. Seeks to offer 'non-conformist, old-fashioned values, coupled with innovative learning.' More than a sense that his Quaker heritage (his great-grandfather was businessman and philanthropist George Cadbury) shapes his views. Says,...

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Special Education Needs

Pinewood has 3 full-time and 2 part-time teachers in our Learning Skills department. We can cater for mild problems and by negotiation for more severe difficulty. It would be very rare for us to accept a child with behaviourial difficulties. In any event, to protect the academic nature of the school, we can only offer help to 1 in 5 of our pupils and that ratio determines whether a child with some academic problems could be accepted onto our roll.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
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
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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