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Studying the Tudors means touching Anne Boleyn’s prayer book or Thomas More’s hat. Wow. Artefacts enliven learning as pupils are asked what it tells them about the human story. Parents enthused about increased sporting fixtures; one parent was astonished that her previously unsporty daughter was keen to join a netball summer school. In one of the playrooms, there is a fabulous poster of St Ignatius saying: ‘Go forth and set the world on fire’...

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Since 2014, Ian Murphy (Durham BA, PGCE), previously head at All Hallows, Somerset. Charismatic and open; his vision of education is about formation: helping to ‘form’ young people to be their best selves and excel. This view and vocabulary are, in part, born of the spiritual values underpinning the school. Its motto, Quant Je Puis – roughly translated, strive to be the best you can – is the heartbeat of school daily life because unlike many a concocted mission statement, this is no hollow refrain: it rests upon an impressive 400-year heritage.

Yet heritage is only part of the story, as Ian Murphy is a force for energising change in the here and now. Viewing academic excellence as a ‘given’ for SMH, he has focused on reinvigorating the arts and...

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Special Education Needs

There is an SEN teacher who works with individuals, small groups or in a classroom setting. We also have an EAL teacher.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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