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Well known for producing top athletes including swimmers, modern pentathletes, fencers and divers, all supported through their rigorous training programmes as well as their academic studies. Head of boarding runs the boys' house with a good balance of discipline and fun and is a father figure for many. If he finds a bed unmade, he will hide the duvet as punishment, so beware. Some athletes start training from 4am and there are a lot of comings and goings; the girls' housemistress does a great job staggering food times. She says it keeps the house alive and interesting, buzzing...

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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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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


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 2015, Jonathan Standen, studied ancient history at Nottingham. Previously head of the Crypt School, Gloucester. Has also been deputy head at St Augustine's Catholic College and Bishop Wordsworth's School and assistant head at Hardenhuish, all in Wilts. Leaving in December 2018.

From April 2019, Jonathan Cohen, currently deputy head at Brentwood School. Masters in educational leadership and doctorate in education. Investment banker at Lehman Brothers and UBS before becoming a teacher. Has also worked at Haileybury and King's Bruton. Keen interest in sport, particularly rugby, football, hockey and cricket, as player and coach. Married to Claire, also a teacher; three children.

Jo Hayward, deputy head, will hold the reins during the spring term 2019.

Academic matters

In 2018, at A level, 49 per cent A*-B and 29 per cent...

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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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