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Objective is to move the school gently forwards, but nothing dramatic on the cards. Wants to raise aspiration and broaden leavers’ destinations, encouraging parents and pupils to aim high. Facilities also on the hit list, including a second Astro, enclosing the outdoor pool and perhaps an enhanced focus on design, ‘to encourage practical skills, everything from frying an egg to building a robot’. A big school, but effectively divided into...

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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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Sports

Unusual sports

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

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2020, Neal Bailey (40s). International Business Management at Newcastle and then eight years as an investment manager before going into teaching, first at Cothill House (his alma mater, and where brother Duncan is now head), then as head to Château de Sauveterre and Mowden Hall. An unbelievable rise to the top, really – if he wasn’t so nice, we’d be suspicious. Married to Nici, also a teacher and his inspiration for going into education; they have two sons, both now at Pinewood.

Joined the school between lockdowns. Spent every morning of his first year getting to know parents through their windscreens at drop-off - ‘By Easter I could recognize a Pinewood car in the Sainsbury’s car park.’ Prep school through and through - a natural sports coach, according to...

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Special Education Needs

Pinewood has four part-time, specialist SpLD teachers in our learning skills department. We are able to cater for most mild to moderate specific difficulties of a dyslexic, dyscalculic, dyspraxic, ADD/ADHD or ASD nature, along with EAL needs, but would welcome early discussion to ensure that we are able to offer appropriate support. Support may be in the classroom, in small groups, or one-to-one as a charged extra. We also offer wellbeing and emotional support where appropriate. It would be unusual for us to accept a child with significant behavioural difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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 Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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