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St Hugh’s is without doubt the tidiest school we’ve ever visited and it’s not just the buildings and grounds that are polished and groomed, the teachers too were quite remarkably elegant – not a baggy cardigan or tatty sandal in sight. Mothers walk their dogs in the grounds after morning drop off. Indeed dogs are a bit of a feature: they kept trotting by or popping out from under tables during our visit – all glossy coated and impeccably behaved, of course. So, what’s the demographic? Put on your deerstalker and consider these clues…

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What the school says...

At St Hugh's we are committed to children's broader personal development as well as their preparation for scholarship and common entrance examinations to senior independent schools. We are a leading co-educational, day and boarding school with 349 boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 13, sited in and around a Jacobean manor house with extensive, wooded grounds and excellent, modern educational facilities. St Hugh's is a very special place and we warmly invite you to come and see why. ...Read more

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Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2019, James Thompson BA QTS, previously head of Royal Russell Junior School. Previously at Ardingly College Prep School and before that at Kingswood Prep in Bath. Dream was to be a professional sportsman, but opted for teacher training (with PE specialisation) after coaching at own prep in Kent and loving it. If he needs a second opinion, family is riddled with teachers, while Viv, his wife, was head of a Notting Hill nursery school. Two daughters no doubt also provide feedback as required.

Mr Thompson remains big on sport (cricket, hockey, golf, skiing), even writing anon column on umpiring for The Telegraph (if you need an insider’s slant on the shoulder height rule in lacrosse, he’s your man). He’s ‘very kind, prefers being in PE kit, hates suits...

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Special Education Needs

At St Hugh's, children of all ages receive extra support if any area of their learning is of concern. We have small classes throughout the school which means that all children's needs can be supported and catered for, whether they are gifted and need extension, or need extra support to enable them to cope with the curriculum. The Prep-Prep department has a qualified learning support assistant who can give extra help to individuals or small groups of children. As they move through the school, specific concerns are first dealt with in the small teaching groups, with advice from the Learning Support staff, who later withdraw children from class for one to one lessons. As shown below, we support a wide range of mild and moderate learning difficulties, including dysgraphia. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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
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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