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The Enid Blyton-esque, what’s-not-to-love campus is the perfect setting for this school that sees fun, adventure and creativity as the best way to achieve strong results and create enviable childhood memories. The emphasis is on old-fashioned, wholesome fun, making full use of this natural playground, including bushcraft and mountain biking, as well as forest school, in the 100 acre wood. The Tempest was in rehearsal when we visited, with the audience cycling to the different scenes around the school (‘a bit bonkers, but that’s Saint Ronans’). Teachers need not apply unless they get the job done with humour, compassion and love and prioritise energy, enthusiasm and the example they set. ‘It wouldn’t suit parents who like...

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What the school says...

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 Art, Engineering and Design Centre, a new Computer teaching Suite and the opening of the Collymore Laboratories. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2003, William Trelawny-Vernon (50s), only the seventh headmaster in the school’s 13+ decades. Very much a joint enterprise with wife Emma (she's the Trelawny, he’s the Vernon), who is both registrar and teaches PSHE. They are known as Mr and Mrs TV to pupils and parents, who describe them as ‘fun’, ‘kind’ and ‘an open book’, with one mother beside herself that ‘he was the first head to look me in the eye instead of automatically turning to my husband’. The couple – whom we found relaxed, down-to-earth, straight-talking and broadminded – 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. Teaches year 5 history - ‘largely in preparation for "the chat"’ (senior...

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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. 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
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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