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Relationships with teachers are the magic ingredient. ‘Small and nurturing rather than pushy and hothouse,’ summed up a parent. We sat in on an English lesson on love poetry – nearly every pupil chipped in with fresh ideas. Over in maths, answers to quick-fire challenges came in so thick and fast it almost felt like a game show. Budding artists will be in their element. Large sun-drenched studio with a feast of student work to inspire from all angles, plus separate classrooms for textiles, photography and sixth formers. New director of sport has grand plans to redevelop… 

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St Margaret’s School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, is an independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 to 18. Founded in 1749, as well as day places for all ages, there are a range of flexible boarding options available for both UK and international pupils from the age of 11.

St Margaret's enjoys a rural setting with 60 acres of private grounds which features a range of sports facilities (including its own Sports Centre with a 25m swimming pool, gymnasium and dance studio), woodland and historically-significant Grade II Listed buildings with modern facilities. The School is within easy reach of London and all major UK transport links. Extensive private coach services are offered to pupils across four main routes in the Hertfordshire and North London areas.

Pupils achieve excellent academic results at St Margaret's and more than 80% of leavers go on to attend their first choice destination, which are typically Russell Group universities.

There is no typical St Margaret’s pupil; all are valued individually by our qualified and committed staff. However, they are all dedicated young people who strive to succeed in all that they do and are passionate about topics facing them today. The quality of care at St Margaret’s School enables pupils to grow in an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding and leave equipped with the confidence, aptitude and skills they need for life and for work.
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Since 2020, Lara Péchard BA MA PGCE. Studied the IB at Anglo European School, Ingatestone. Degree in modern history and politics with economics and an MA in US history, both from Southampton (Erasmus scholar in second year, studying history at the Sorbonne, Paris). PGCE from IoE. Loyalty in no short supply, it seems, as she stayed in her two previous schools for a decade each – Portsmouth Grammar as history teacher, moving up the ranks to assistant head and head of sixth form, followed by Norwich School where she was principal deputy head.

A love of history (‘even as young as 8’) led her into teaching, while the ‘family feel’ and ‘sheer space’ led her to this school. Any headmistressy stereotypes go straight out of the window – she’s just a...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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 Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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