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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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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 (30s), formerly head of Mowden Hall in Northumberland, and previously directeur of Chateau de Sauveterre. He has also taught at Cothill, where he was once a pupil. Educated at Eton and Newcastle University (international business management), he worked in the City before turning to education, having realised he ‘was not destined to sit behind a desk looking at numbers’. He’d dipped his toe in educational waters as a gap year student in New Zealand and France, but the real game-changer came when his first son was born, and it would seem he is now living the dream since crossing the Rubicon into prep school life. Teaches French and maths and is a talented sportsman, particularly keen on football, cross-country and tennis, plus skiing, surfing, camping and bushcraft. His Wife,...

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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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