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St Ives is an exceptional prep school for children aged 2-11 years, set in 8 acres of beautiful parkland just a short drive from Haslemere High Street.

At St Ives, we believe education should be relevant, interesting, stimulating, engaging, and above all, fun! Learning can take place anywhere, in and out of the classroom, and we seize every opportunity for the children to enjoy our beautiful grounds. We have specialist subject teachers and small class sizes to ensure every pupil can reach their academic potential. The school is currently riding high under the helm of Mrs Kay Goldsworthy, whose warm nature and passion for St Ives sets the tone for outstanding pastoral care and an exceptionally happy environment. More than anything, we know that 'happy children make the best learners' and this is evidenced in our outstanding record of pupils achieving their first-choice entry of senior schools, with many scholarships awarded annually. In 2022, every child in Year 6 was accepted into the school of their choice, with over 7)% receiving scholarships to prestigious independent schools such as Guildford High School, Churcher's College, St Catherine's Bramley, Prior’s Field School and Frensham Heights.

The school is currently riding high, under the leadership of Head, Kay Goldsworthy, whose warm nature and passion for St Ives sets the tone of an exceptionally happy environment with an outstanding pastoral care. Don't just take our word for it, St Ives has been awarded Small Independent School of the Year twice in the last 5 years (2022 and 2019)
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Special Education Needs

Children requiring any degree of learning support at St Ives school are treated sensitively, sympathetically and with respect. Girls with mild to moderate learning difficulties are given strategies and study skills and there is opportunity for formal and informal assessments. Advice and recommendations from Educational Psychologist reports are acknowledged and communicated to all relevant staff through the child's Individual Education Plan. Extra support is provided for any girl whenever it is felt necessary whilst she is at St Ives and this will continue for as long as it is required. Learning support is tailored to suit the individual need. The child may receive 1:1 withdrawn support, support within a small group either in or out of the class whichever is felt most appropriate and beneficial. We have a successful home/school link and treat teaching and learning as a partnership by informing parents on progress through meetings, written reports and sharing IEP reviews. The school's experienced and well informed SENCo has attended many courses on dyslexia and dyscalculia and works with every class at least once a week and therefore sees all pupils working in situ and can thus verify and observe any chid giving cause for concern. The school also offers sessions of Brain Gym. Help and advice is offered to students and parents regarding the selection of senior schools. We have a good partnership with learning support staff at local senior schools which allows us to provide them with necessary information. We pride ourselves at St Ives at being aware of The Code Of Practice for SEN and follow a policy which will entitle all girls to access a balanced and wide curriculum with confidence.

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