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It has thrived through the decades and today’s multicultural clientèle is still proud of its founders' Welsh connections. Pupils join in the Eisteddfod Festival and fly the flag on St David's Day. Not perhaps, as one parent pointed out, the school for the ultra-sporty, very boisterous child or parents wanting large flashy facilities, but great for those who hanker after a skilful blend of academic excellence alongside a good range of musical, creative and sporting opportunities in a small, nurturing environment. Teachers are ‘really kind and helpful,’ say pupils. Zero...

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Since 2011, Cressida Mardell BA PGCE (50s). Before joining St David’s in 2007 she was a senior teacher at St Christopher’s School, Epsom. Degree in classics from Royal Holloway College, PGCE from Roehampton. Recently completed ISI inspector training.

Unguarded, fearless and ebullient. Her childhood dream was to become not just a policewoman but the first female commissioner, a role you can imagine her in. Alas, it turned out her eyesight was not on her side – quite a blow at the time, though St David’s owes a debt of gratitude to her history teacher who saved the day by offering her work experience teaching in her own school, aged just 16: ‘I loved it pretty much straight away.’

In many ways, she is chief, cook and bottlewasher...

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Special Education Needs

As a non-selective school the children usually join us at the age of three and our educational provision therefore embraces children's needs across the spectrum. Specialist tutors are available for dyslexic and dyspraxic children. Should more specific disabilities be evident then appropriate support would be requested from outside sources and provision made within the restrictions of the building, practical facilities and the effects on the welfare and education of the other children.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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
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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