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'We are trying to do something a little bit different to others. We take on students that sometimes need a second chance, because sometimes life does not go according to plan.' One parent raved about the support her SEN son received: ‘They really understood him and worked with his strengths.’ Regular outside speakers range from chief executives from Mastercard to religious leaders. Accepts all faiths and none but Catholic ethos pervades...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)

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Since 2015, Elaine Taylor BA MA PGCE. BA in history and sociology from Queen Mary’s and MA from Institute of Education. Joined the college in 2009 as vice principal. Previously at St Francis Xavier College in Clapham, where she was assistant principal. Has also held positions of head of sociology, psychology and politics. ‘Teaching was the only job I ever wanted to do, though I never thought I would be a principal!’ she confesses. Married with two grown-up sons. Strong Irish roots and nips back to Ireland at the drop of a hat. Tries to switch off at weekend by walking and gentle exercise. Family is her priority at weekends and during holidays. An approachable, friendly and welcoming head. Well-respected by parents.

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College offers a variety of courses at levels 1, 2 and 3....

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Special Education Needs

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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
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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