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Rupert House School

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Rehearsals for Oliver! were in full swing when we visited, year 6s perfecting their glottal stops in rousing renditions of the old favourites. Little ones were rehearsing their own production, about a penguin called Eddie who saves the world; a grand total of seven had been cast as trees. Not a country school – ‘When you’re moving out of Wandsworth you picture acres and acres; it’s not like that,’ says one local mum, ‘but it doesn’t matter because they’re never cooped up.’ Far from it: playing fields, Astro, courts and pavilion are a short walk away, inter-house cricket being hard fought when we visited. Traditional approach, with more than one parent saying...

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What the school says...

Rupert House has a long and distinguished record of preparatory education for children. Starting with the creation of a strong sense of belonging within the school, we deliver a journey of academic, social and sporting discovery that inspires children to learn, grow and achieve individual success. We believe that happy children develop confidence and discover their full potential. ...Read more

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Since 2020, Nick Armitage. Grew up near Newbury, boarded at Oundle, studied history of art at University of East Anglia and spent five years in advertising before doing his PGCE at Cambridge. Started his teaching career at Rose Hill in Gloucestershire, thence to Beaudesert Park, latterly running their boarding, and St Hugh’s for six years as deputy head. A governor at Ewelme Primary School; on the advisory board of the local food bank and youth counselling charity in Henley. Enjoying his first headship and working downtown rather than in a country prep: ‘There’s no need for a massive site,’ he says, ‘we have it all here in the heart of Henley.’ And what Henley has most of all, of course, is river – Mr Armitage rowed this stretch many times as a student at...

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Special Education Needs

At any point in a child's academic career, from the moment they join Rupert Bears until the day they leave us at Year 6, they may require an extra helping hand. Whilst the majority of pupils' needs are met within the classroom through a differentiated curriculum and careful teaching and planning, a few need that little extra attention, be it educational, social, emotional or physical. Working closely with the child, parents, academic staff and form teachers, we can identify needs, refer, and support learners across the curriculum in a friendly integrated department. We also have links with outside agencies, such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists. The Learning Support team is experienced and fully qualified, working with current initiatives to make provision for a child’s specific needs. During the school day, children throughout both the Upper and Lower School may be supported by Learning Support staff in the classroom, taught individually or withdrawn in small groups to learn in a quiet, friendly setting. There is a charge payable when children have 1:1 lessons within the Learning Support department. Small group work across the school and 1:1 support with our Lower School Learning Support teaching assistants is not chargeable. Children enjoy working within the Learning Support department and respond enthusiastically to the targeted, fun and encouraging teaching. We know that children do not all learn in the same way or at the same pace. They are encouraged to consider their own learning styles and work together with the Learning Support team to develop the skills which will enable them to become independent learners. We give praise when the children develop strategies to help themselves and we view mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.

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