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‘You can try to decipher the Latin inscriptions in assembly if your mind wanders’, says one thoughtful child. How many children have the privilege, in weekly school assembly, of gazing up at mosaics in the quire? They also enthuse about the science lab, as much for the mobile fume cupboard (an unlikely gift from the PTA) as for the resident leopard gecko. Mudlarking on the banks of the Thames is a less obvious prep school discipline, until you see a teenage boy beam at the discovery of ‘disposable clay pipes with beautiful engraving’


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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Simon Larter-Evans (50s). Eclectic career to date: trained at Rambert and became principal dancer with Janet Smith & Dancers then, via commercial management, to teaching. Prior to SPCS, head of boarding and head of English at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Parents value his accessibility: ‘If there’s anything simmering, tell me, call me,’ he says. ‘Charismatic’, ‘practical’ and ‘empathetic’ are some of the universally positive comments we heard. He is credited with creating the ‘warm, family atmosphere’ conveyed, among other things, through interactive assemblies and his Friday letter. The letter covers thoughts on everything from tutoring (okay if you have to, but let’s work together) to internet safety (devices handed in on arrival). ‘I don’t mind being wrong,’ he says with disarming humility, ‘but we all need to try things out, make mistakes,...

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Special Education Needs

We have one full-time Learning Support teacher, [and one part-time].

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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