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He has brought in a new assistant head (academic) who runs the Oxbridge enrichment society and the gifted and talented programme. She is like a glamorous Miss Jean Brodie, brainy and geeky but with spiky heels and stylish clothes. Just the job to have teenage girls hanging on her every word. Director of music effused enthusiasm as he showed us round the music department. A professional French horn player, he has performed with the most prestigious orchestras but is just as keen on bringing in local rock bands...

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

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Since 2012, Mike Farmer (50s). First teaching job was as a sailing instructor, spending three years post-graduation in Greece and Turkey. He met his future wife Mary-Ann in Greece and looming marriage and family took him to a job in the real world at Godolphin School, Salisbury, where he taught economics, business and ICT. The head there, Hilary Fender, took him with her to be assistant head at Headington, Oxford in 1997. First headship was at Kilgraston in Perthshire (2003), where he achieved the gong of UK Independent School of the Year in 2011 and turned around a school that had been dubbed the Marie Celeste to achieve the highest growth rate in its sector.

He has a sound business head, the confidence of his governors and a clear sight of...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Pupils with SEN may work on a reduced timetable; individual support is given either in periods thus freed up or outside curriculum time. Touch to type programmes available; extra time, readers, scribes available if need indicated by EP report; all staff made aware of each child's need with appropriate recommended strategies.

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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