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There was a huge basin of conkers in the science lab: year 3s were finding out whether size and shape have an impact on strength in a very joyful conkers experiment. New focus on languages, with Spanish becoming the second language, and Mandarin or Latin being taught from year 6. As you would expect in a school this nurturing, parents are encouraged to come up to classrooms - ‘it’s important to know if the hamster has died'. Community and family are important words here. Constantly in contact with parents by text and email, and there is very little that they rely on children to tell parents...

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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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Head of junior school

Since September 2015, Mrs Linda Dennis, previously deputy head at St Faith’s School, Cambridge, where she held many roles over 25 years, including curriculum co-ordinator, deputy head (pastoral), head of drama and head of languages. She is an ISI inspector.

Winchester born, Mrs Dennis grew up on her parents’ dairy farm, near Andover, before attending La Retraite School, in Salisbury, and graduating with a BEd from Southampton University. She began her teaching career in Dorset before moving to Cambridge in 1990. Her husband, Philip, is a history teacher and she has two sons. Paul is a housemaster at Wellingborough Prep School and Joe is reading anthropology at Oxford Brookes.


Non selective. Tested in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning higher up for placing purposes. IQ test for those for whom...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
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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