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The girls' house is run by a friendly, approachable housemistress who lives in the basement with her husband and three young children. Parents told us, ‘The current boarding staff are exceptional in creating an environment in which both our girls are currently thriving.’ Some athletes start training from 4am and others are training until 9pm. There are a lot of comings and goings and the housemistress does a great job staggering food times and everything else in this house. 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)

Curricula

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.

Sports

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

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2015, Jonathan Standen, originally from Tunbridge Wells, studied ancient history at Nottingham University. Previously, head of The Crypt School, Gloucester. He has also been deputy head at St Augustine’s Catholic College and Bishop Wordsworth’s School and assistant head at Hardenhuish School, all in Wiltshire. Lives on site with partner Suzie and their son. In days gone by he has been a ski instructor, a rugby coach and a cricket coach, but these days he enjoys a round of golf.

Some positive parent reviews: ‘I'm impressed with the new headmaster and I feel he's keen to improve the standards at the school,’ said one. ‘There has been a shake up of staff and he's good at communicating with parents - via a newsletter - and keeping us informed of changes.’

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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