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‘No cynical old soaks chalking off the days to retirement,’ say parents, adding that ‘the quality of the teaching staff is outstanding, not just in their subject knowledge and teaching but also their external connections and interests’. Pupils have a real self-belief – ‘it won’t go wrong’ so it doesn’t. That said, they work very hard, it’s in their bones. Good old-fashioned courtesy from most, and staff pick them up if they forget; it’s very civilised. Much praise from parents for the school’s commitment to the bursary scheme…

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What the school says...

Main co-ed entry points are at ages 7, 9, 11 and sixth form. Entrance examinations consist of: Age 11: English, Maths & VR followed by an interview. At 16 students are assessed individually (usually subject to exam results at GCSE).
Ages 7 and 9: in class assessment - a series of activities and academic exercises (usually an English, Maths and PE task). ...Read more

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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.

Performing arts specialist school





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2019, Geoffrey Stanford. Previously headteacher at Fettes College and before that deputy head at Sevenoaks. Educated at Eton, where he received an Oppidan scholarship before heading off to read classics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. MBA from INSEAD. Has served as captain in the Grenadier Guards and has worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Citigroup.


Tough and competitive senior entry via the school's own entrance exam at 11. About 75 from the junior school, as long as their work is up to scratch. Very healthy entry post-GCSE, far outweighing 16+ leavers - minimum six GCSEs at A*/B (or numerical equivalent) required plus report from former school. Entry from over 80 different schools throughout north east.

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Please note: 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

The Director of Student Progress, Learning and Support oversees arrangements for co-ordinating and monitoring SEND provision throughout the school, working closely with the Pastoral Director and heads of year in the senior school and with the Head of Learning Support in the junior school. Together they have general responsibility for monitoring the progress of students with SEND and maintaining communication with their teachers.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
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 Y

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