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Bands and groups abound - some students we spoke to were delighted to go to a gig in a north London pub and see one of their school bands on stage. An impressive climbing wall up the whole of one side of a classroom block. But there are also trees in the grounds that are specifically 'climbing trees' - any child welcome to climb in break time if they think they can get up and down. Such a joy to see kids climbing trees in these health and safety conscious days. Not narrowly academically selective, yet clearly a school with an expectation that each child be hungry to learn and participate...

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Since September 2020, Emma-Kate Henry, who was deputy head at the school from 2009-2013, thence to lead Hampshire Collegiate School and d'Overbroeks, Oxford. Has experience in London comps, a selective single-sex independent, a city tech college and co-ed all-through independent school. Read English lit and African and Caribbean studies at University of Kent and gained a PGCE from the Institute of Education.


The school has wonderfully popular open days (the head thinks the free lunch helps keep everyone cheerful for the day) and many parents visit several times to get a feel of the school. Applications are followed up with an interview – both of parents and, separately, the child – to make sure that expectations match. All applicants over year 4 are given cognitive ability assessment which is age related. They aim to accept...

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Special Education Needs

Our strengths lie in supporting pupils with dyslexia and dyspraxia, though not severe. Occasionally we incorporate successfully a few pupils with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia 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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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