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  • St Christopher School
    Barrington Road
    Letchworth Garden City
    Hertfordshire
    SG6 3JZ
  • Head: Richard Palmer
  • T 01462 650850
  • F 01462 481578
  • E admissions@stchris.co.uk
  • W www.stchris.co.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 500
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £10,470 - £17,355; Boarding £18,960 - £29,670 pa
  • Open days: September, May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Bands and groups abound - some students we spoke to were very delighted to go to a gig in 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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Resistant Materials at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2007, Richard Palmer (50s), who first went to St Christopher as a gap student and then went on to get a first in education at Nottingham. He taught science, drama and design technology at several schools, eventually becoming head of DT and housemaster at St John's College School, Cambridge before finding his way back to St Christopher. He became head of the junior school in 2004 and has been head of the whole school since 2007.

Previously chair, now on the committee of the Society of Heads, he is also a school inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate, giving him an opportunity to see other schools in action. His office is full of mechanical toys and old cameras - a man who loves design and technology still managing to...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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