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Imposing grade 2 listed Victorian building on Brandon Hill. 'Looks intimidating from the outside,' one pupil observes. Hogwarts-style features inside too, with stone staircase leading to 'headmaster's landing'. But atmosphere is overwhelmingly friendly and respectful. Boys encouraged to take risks. 'They do allow them to do quite crazy things sometimes,' a parent says. Extreme example is Lewis Clarke, who was permitted to abandon his GCSE studies for two months to become, at 16, the youngest person to walk to the South Pole...

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QEH is a small school with only 600 boys in the Senior School and 100 in the Juniors. It is academically selective but not socially exclusive. Academic results for boys are second to none in Bristol and the South-west. A-level results generally put QEH amongst the top schools in the country. The school is well situated, in Clifton, close to city centre facilities. ...Read more

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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.

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Since 2000, Stephen Holliday MA (early 50s). Educated at Batley Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read history. Worked for British Rail as an operations manager in Dundee and Glasgow before hearing call to return to school life. Six years at Dean Close in Cheltenham, where he became a boarding housemaster, then joined Giggleswick School as head of history. Ventured across the border to become deputy head (pastoral) at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn before moving to current role. Since 2013, he has been treasurer of HMC, which represents the heads of many independent schools.

At QEH, he has overseen closing of boarding and opening of junior school in the same premises, developed a new sixth form centre and a new science/arts block. He is a Methodist preacher,...

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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

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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
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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