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High expectations for all. Academics are taken seriously, but learning is fun, with one class enjoying a Mad Hatter's Tea Party after studying Alice in Wonderland and lots of dressing up as Anglo-Saxons and Tudors. ‘If children aren’t enjoying their primary schooling then we are failing them.' Head wishes he had sprawling playing fields but knows this is the nature of inner-city schools. He expects the pupils to throw themselves into their sports and...

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We have a 21st century approach which results in happy, motivated and high achieving pupils.

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Since September 2017, Michael Hodge BPrimEd (Rhodes), previously deputy head (since 2004). Montessori trained. Taught in London state system for eight ‘wonderful’ years. Either he, or a senior member of staff, greets pupils by name every morning at the front door. No longer teaches maths, which he misses, but always popping into lessons, where he invariably gets involved. When the headship came up, he saw it as an irresistible opportunity to ‘take the school further’. Highly ambitious for the school. Repeatedly states that ‘the children are the most important thing’. Knows close collaboration between parents, staff and pupils is fundamental to a child’s success. A team player, who is well supported by strong senior management team. Greatly adored by parents and pupils alike.

South African, but after more than two...

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Special Education Needs

Highly qualified staff and regular screening ensures that children with any difficulties are identified at an early stage and appropriate intervention is made. Identified children may have extra classroom support or 1:1 teaching. Laptop use is available for children who would benefit from this. A speech therapist visits the school weekly. The most common areas of difficulty in identified children are mild dyslexia and mild dyspraxia. The school has a dedicated SENCo who leads the learning support unit and there are other specially qualified staff who may provide individual help.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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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