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The emphasis is on old-fashioned, wholesome fun, making every use of this natural playground. ‘It’s idyllic, they get to dam streams and play with pigs and chickens,’ said one parent. Parents love the reportedly eccentric ways of school admin. They talk of things being done in a Saint Ronan’s way, one of ‘happy chaos’, which ‘wouldn’t suit parents who want everything done in a completely perfect planned-out way’. Much is made by the head and parents about…

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Saint Ronans was founded in 1883 and is set in the 250 acre Tongswood estate. Children, teachers and parents are attracted to the school for its endearing family ethos, its old fashioned charm as well as its modern outlook. We aim to blend the best of 'ancient and modern'. Investment in the last five years has seen the opening of a new Nursery, Pre Prep, Music School, Art studio, Sports Hall, DT Department and School Farm. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2003, William Trelawny-Vernon (early 50s). Very much a joint enterprise with wife Emma (she's the Trelawny, he’s the Vernon) – who is both registrar and head of history. Known as Mr and Mrs TV to pupils and parents alike. The couple met at Exeter, where Mr TV read biology. Previously at Stowe School for 12 years, including posts as a biology teacher and seven years as housemaster of Chatham House. ‘Universally loved’, according to parents.

The business is in the blood – his father was head of Hordle House (now Walhampton) in Hampshire. Four children – the youngest at the prep, the other three have moved on to King’s Canterbury. The family left the head’s accommodation to move off site in 2005 and they eschew the parental dinner party circuit,...

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Special Education Needs

Saint Ronan's is justly proud of its academic record. We believe that we should, and do, cater for the educational needs and aspirations of the brightest children; but we believe also that those who have any academic problems and weaknesses should be enabled to deal with the challenges of the mainstream academic programme. To the latter end, we have a team of three specialist SEN teachers, who assess any children who are encountering difficulties within their class and, if necessary, refer them to an Educational Psychologist for a formal diagnosis of any specific learning difficulty. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, and dyscalculia are well-catered for. The school SENCO liaises with parents on a regular basis and, if it is felt necessary, and in agreement with the parents, individual tuition can be arranged with one of the specialist SEN teachers. All Pre-prep classes have their own learning support assistant, to assist with those children who are less able, and group work is carried out on a weekly basis, under the supervision of the SENCO for such children.

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