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St Christopher’s has four current or former head teachers on its board of governors and was recently shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement Prep School of the Year, so, perhaps unsurprisingly, teaching here very much delivers on its promise to provide an ‘inspirational educational experience’. The foundation of a St Christopher’s education is providing ‘future-facing skills’ delivered through a cross-curricular approach which unites the traditional girls-school territory of languages and the arts with science and technology. Pupils are articulate, well informed, confident – and high achieving. ‘We chose the school because the girls seemed happy, confident and kind,’ said one mother…

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Since 2020, Sandrine Paillasse BA MA MSc PGCE. Ms Paillasse, originally from Nice, arrived in England at 17 to study English, before taking a BA in communication at Guildhall University, a master’s in science, culture and communication at Bath University, and a PGCE at the University of Gloucestershire. After several years teaching languages in international schools in Kuwait and Tanzania, she returned to the UK, working in challenging comprehensives in London, before transferring to the independent sector. She has held senior positions at Queen’s College, South Hampstead High School (where she was acting head) and, most recently, was deputy head, director of pastoral care, at St Paul’s Girls’ School. She is also a qualified and practising psychotherapist.

When approached to head St Christopher’s after a career in secondary education, she...

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Special Education Needs

Equivalent of 4 days support for children with mild learning or coordination difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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 Y
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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