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Parents told us the children ‘reach their full potential’ and that it ‘has become steadily more academic under the current headship’. Value added takes centre stage here – the child who can’t put a toe in the big water who goes onto compete in a swimming gala etc. Pupils told us, ‘If you have friendship fallouts, you’d never know a few days later – it’s a very friendly place.’ Overall, happy, charming and a little bit old fashioned...

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What the school says...

St Hilarys is an Independent Preparatory Day School for boys and girls. From September 2019, the school welcomed boys into Year 3 in a phased plan to be fully co-educational by September 2022. As a non-selective school, St Hilary's provides a stimulating environment in which personalised learning ensures boys and girls reach their full potential. The school offers a strong grounding in academic subjects with wide-ranging opportunities for sport, art, music, drama, extra-curricular clubs and social development. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Jane Whittingham (50s), previously deputy at nearby Rowan Prep in Esher, with particular interest and qualification in dyslexia. Came somewhat late to her first headship due to time spent with her own family; her four children are now grown-up.

She is positively glowing with kindness, but not afraid to speak her mind even when it goes against the grain. ‘She’s not one of those heads that’s constantly schmoozing parents - in fact it’s the children she talks to when she’s on the gate every day and every decision she makes is in their interests, no matter what,’ said one parent. ‘She knows every single child and their character,’ said another.

Which probably explains why her open-door policy is just that. Nearly all heads, especially at...

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Special Education Needs

St Hilary’s has a nursery and accepts boys and girls from two and a half years of age. We are non-selective and believe in the 'Every Child Matters' policy. To this end, we have adopted an inclusive policy on entry to the school.

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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