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In a city boasting three single sex, academically rigorous grammars, parents say this school is the hidden gem because, ‘instead of pressure, they offer a sense of belonging where pupils are accepted whatever their ability and talent, making them happy enough to fly academically.’ But the most striking thing about the school is its all-action, adventurous heart. Not content to simply offer DofE and Ten Tors (both of which it excels at), the school has...

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What the school says...

Our academic curriculum is really strong but we also believe firmly in the importance of the wider curriculum, which is reflected in the diverse mix of sporting, outward bound, artistic, musical and dramatic activities. Everyone is able to find success and enjoyment along a broad front. There is a great community spirit at the College and those who come here make lasting friendships and forge good relationships at all levels. ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.


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




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Jo Hayward (40s), previously interim head and before that deputy head since 2016. Geography degree from Downing College, Cambridge; PGCE from Leeds. A lively, engaging and positive leader, she is revelling in having the prep and senior schools newly on the same site and is full of plans for their future. Pupils like that she is encouraging them to get stuck in too: ‘Easy to talk to and really open to experimenting with our ideas for the school,’ said one. Parents agree that listening to pupils is a forte.

Educated at Ashville College in Harrogate, she spent a gap year working at a boarding school in Zimbabwe before university. Her first job as a transport consultant saw her as part of the creative team behind the London congestion...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The school welcomes a pupil who has specific learning problems so long as, with help and support, the pupil can make sound progress through the school. The support depends on the nature of the difficulty but may be individual lessons or small group tutorials. Teachers will be informed as to how they can best help a pupil and parents are kept informed of progress and what is being achieved. Where appropriate, extra time is given in exams and word processors are used. Care is taken to bear in mind any difficulties with entrance examinations. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 Y
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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