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Expect a home-from-home welcome as soon as you enter the oak panelled hall, complete with squidgy sofas and open fire – in full use (to our delight) by the children at break times; definitely not just a showpiece for prospective parents. Pinewood is one of the country's leading outdoor schools, so besides the Astro and sports pitches you’d probably expect, there’s a treetops adventure playground, outdoor classroom, fairy garden, super sensory gardens, polytunnel and lawn after lawn. Every classroom we saw was ablaze with gusto and pupils were keen to....


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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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Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2002, Philip Hoyland BEd (60s), 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 - she is head of girls' boarding and central to much of school life, particularly the pastoral side.

Eloquent, charming, a gentleman, he has a great sense of humour and even greater sense of adventure, wanting education to be both explored and enjoyed and for children to learn through taking risks. ‘Let them be children, I say – there’s plenty of time for stress in adulthood.’ Old-school in demeanour, but thoroughly modern in outlook,...

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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
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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