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A school surrounded by stunning scenery – how lovely to sit in the library and stare out at the picture postcard view over the sea. The advantages of attending school on the island are clear – it is safe, secure and beautiful. The counter to this is perhaps an element of complacency born of isolation. But all agree the head has done a great job of ensuring pupils are not limited by the stretch of water. Parents range from fish and chip shop owners to medics. They come from all over the island, along with commuters (by ferry) from Portsmouth and a growing number (especially since lockdown) of DFLs (Down From London’s). Pupils we met were polite and…

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We are a family school providing exceptional opportunities for boys and girls throughout their education. We have consistency, tradition and plenty of character but we are also a dynamic community. We enjoy outstanding academic results and a wide ranging extra-curricular programme.

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Since 2013, Mark Waldron (40s). Previously head of the English College in Prague, deputy head of Sherborne, and taught at The Leys School and Radley College. Hard to imagine a better fit – he is impressive yet laidback, traditional yet progressive and globally focused while never losing sight of the individuality of pupils that make up this enviable community of islanders. Pretty much sums up the school itself which (also thanks to him) is now a Round Square School. Ten out of 10 for listening skills too – not always a forte of headteachers (we forgive them because they’re so used to commanding an audience), he practically invites interruption and interaction (even on a Zoom). ‘I think he makes the school,’ said a parent – ‘He’s pushed the school in a fantastic direction.’ Another...

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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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