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  • Polam Hall School
    Grange Road
    Darlington
    County Durham
    DL1 5PA
  • Head: Kate Reid
  • T 01325 463383
  • F 01325 383539
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.phs.woodard.co.uk/
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Darlington
  • Pupils: 714
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding; £10,164 - £10,785 pa
  • Open days: October, November and January
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Requires improvement 1
      • Early years provision Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th April 2018
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

As a Free School, Polam Hall is funded by the state, while remaining fully independent in all the areas that matter. Day pupils are admitted without fees in accordance with the national admissions code. Like academies, the School is independent of local authority control, with our own governing body. Our distinctive curriculum, pastoral values and ethos have all been enhanced and improved in line with our new vision and we continue to offer boarding for 60 pupils. Boarders do not pay fees for tuition; they will pay for board and lodging only. Find out more at http://www.polamhall.com ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

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.

School associations

State boarding school

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Special Education Needs

Experienced, specialist staff offer SEN and EAL provision in both the Junior and Senior School. Our Learning Support Unit caters for a wide spectrum of special needs. Our SEN staff are supported by classroom assistants and a number of local outside Agencies.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
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
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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