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‘Never aim low, you will get there,’ is the head’s mantra. But it’s fun too. In keeping with Book Week’s food theme, a year 3 class were exploring adjectives and adverbs in the context of cupcakes decorated and eaten the previous day: a mouth-watering grammar lesson. School understands the need for pragmatic preparation for senior school and beyond, but there’s an inspiringly relevant post exam timetable too. NVR lessons turn to chess and there is a five-night residential trip. Loads of music, universally lauded as outstanding. Seventy per cent learn...

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What the school says...

We are a leading co-ed independent prep school with a village feel, overlooking Putney Heath in south-west London. Our 21st century approach results in happy, motivated and high achieving pupils.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Michael Hodge BPrimEd (Rhodes), previously deputy head for 13 years. Qualified as a teacher in South Africa before gaining a Montessori diploma from Montessori Centre International. Dapper and smart. With the sleeves of his impeccably ironed shirt rolled up, he was raring to go when we met him – he’d been up since 5am and already done a stint at the gym. His inner fervour is tangible. Genial, jovial and jocular, but ardently serious about his role as an educator. Straight-talking and unapologetic too. ‘I am what I am.’ An inspiration to children and parents alike. ‘He’s just like the big father of this whole family,’ said one pupil, extending her arms in an embracing circle.

Came to the UK over 25 years ago, ‘for a year’s travelling.’...

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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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