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There’s no sweeping drive, impressive façade or glitzy reputation but there are happy children, good manners, focused teaching, high expectations and jolly good 11+ results. Parents say it is ‘unstuffy’ and barely feels independent at all. We jumped into a lesson on The Highwayman where year 5s were sensitively writing alternative endings using Surface Pros (touch typing taught in year 3). Pupils say they like the Accelerated Reader programme because it focuses on ‘real books’ and they love getting the ‘word millionaire’ badges where ‘reading anything counts.’ Sport is high on the agenda, with particular excitement when team sheets are posted for fixtures in cricket, hockey, football and rugby. Up to six teams pile...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2023, Helen Coombs, previously deputy head for 11 years and teacher since 2008. Educated locally at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, followed by a degree in education at Rolle College, University of Plymouth, specialising in early years. She has gained a plethora of accreditations - ‘enough modules to complete several masters over,’ she laughs, including SENCo, mental health first aid and provision for children who have suffered trauma. She has a strong loyalty and respect for her staff and calls the former head her ‘great mentor.’ Pupils say she’s ‘kind and you want to please her.’ Parents say she’s ‘lovely’, ‘an advocate for the children’ and ‘works really hard behind the scenes to make things happen’. ‘A beacon of the school’s family ethos’, according to another parent - perhaps cemented when she...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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 Y
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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