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Every class has 15 minutes a day of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) where children listen to stories or read for themselves, everything from novels to tractor and Minecraft magazines. There's also 15 minutes of SUM (Stop Use Maths) which might cover games or matchstick geometry. Recently they enjoyed a match against a police team and also won a local schools tournament. One student is on a contract with Stoke City after being spotted by ...

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Executive Principal

Since 2006, Matt Wilson. An old hand having been employed by the school since 1998. He started as a class teacher, was head of lower school, and then became executive headteacher. The school has been graded as outstanding three times and he recently worked for Ofsted for a year.

Wilson describes himself as, ‘a facilitator to help staff fulfil their huge ambitions for children' and says he would rather not place too much emphasis on titles in the school. He is currently devolving more responsibility to the three head teachers: Deb Jackson, a New Zealander who is head of upper school, Georgie Fletcher, head of middle school and responsible for quality assurance, and Nicky Woolley, head of lower school, who started as a teaching assistant and was sponsored by...

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Special Education Needs

Roaches is an independent school, part of Care Today, providing for pupils from seven to sixteen years who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The school is on a split site with lower and upper schools and a vocational unit. Residential care for upto 52 weeks is provided.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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 Y
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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