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With no rules around attire, jewellery, hair etc, the place is awash with self-expression though majority opt for jeans and hoodies. ‘The breadth of courses is unparalleled compared to schools – it’s what made me come here,’ said one student. Average class size is 18, max 24. High engagement levels evident in all the classes we dropped in on, from a film studies class on Trainspotting to whizz-and-bang experiments in chemistry. ‘Department facilities and resources are impressive,’ reported a student, ‘the science labs are like what you’d get in Bristol University.’ Each department has a...

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since April 2020, Marian Curran (40s), previously vice principal. Raised and state educated in west London where future ambitions were a toss-up between education and interior design. The former won ‘because education opens doors’, though her bright yellow office with black accents and tastefully positioned student art (changed termly) suggests she might have been just as successful in the latter. Probably wouldn’t have scratched her itch to bring about social change, though, which has featured heavily throughout her career. Indeed, following her theology degree from Oxford, her first job was to inspire young people in care to remain in education. Following various other roles in London schools and colleges, she taught in Japan two years, then returned to do her masters in contemporary sociology, politics and economics at Lancaster. Continued her work with disadvantaged...

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Special Education Needs

We have a learning support unit with one to one work rooms plus a drop in IT Centre for all, manned by Learning Support staff. 09-09 with

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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 Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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