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A dedicated teacher runs sessions on den-making; stick-whittling and toasting marshmallows over a fire-pit. Each class, from nursery to leavers, get to sit in the tree stump classrooms or climb on the felled oaks, in all weathers. ‘My son loves Forest School’, said a parent, ‘He started off a little business selling logs and sticks for stone currency'...

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Since 2016 Douglas Brown BA Hons (mid 40s). Originally from North London, where he took a degree in Primary Education at Middlesex University, before embarking on a teaching career at a local Enfield primary school. Then defected to the independent sector as head of sport at Duncombe School before moving to Berkhamsted Prep School, as deputy head. A fast-talking, fast-paced football fan, who played for the county in his glory days and whose office shows off signed photos of players, which engage the children, ‘My son’s a Spurs fan, and so is he’, said one mum, ‘So they often have a quick chat about it’. Married to the school’s registrar, with two young children. He and his assistant have improved the school’s assessment methods to apply more rigour, and it’s beginning to score goals,...

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Special Education Needs

We aim to meet the needs of children at either end of the special educational needs spectrum. We withdraw individuals and small groups of children for both extension work and for consolidation and over learning. Our Woodlands class accomodates up to twelve Key Stage 2 children who are dyslexic or have other specific learning difficulties. These children are taught, with a ratio of one trained member of staff to four children, every morning for English and Maths. They are fully integrated into the main school for all other subjects.

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