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The school 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. Refreshingly, St David's has retained its independence and remains a small charity with a non-selective intake, so far avoiding being swept up by one of the large education businesses. Very successful results at 11 into the local grammar and independent schools. Most pupils play at least one instrument; older pupils are introduced to filming and music composition...

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Head

Since 2011, Miss Cressida Mardell (40s) a classicist, BA PGCE. Before joining St David’s in 2007 she was a senior teacher at St Christopher’s School, Epsom. Parents appreciate her positive approach, hard work and sound judgement, alongside a jolly personality and a good sense of humour. She lives locally and enjoys holidaying in France and walking with her two lively Border collie rescue dogs.

Entrance

Most join the nursery at 3+ (18 places); another four places in reception. Non-selective at this stage; occasional places in year 1 upwards subject to 'satisfactory assessment'.

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
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
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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