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In all year groups, learning is thematic, with a cycle of topics to keep things fresh and focused on development of skills rather than simple absorption of content. Specialist teaching for music, science (separate sciences for year 6) and languages (French and Spanish for all). Much use of digital technologies iPads all around - ideal for in-class support as well as extension. Google classroom for all pupils from Year 1 up. Homework only in English, maths and science - parents encouraged to take their...

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What the school says...

There’s an alphabet of opportunities at Dame Bradbury’s.

It’s a creative community where ideas, individuals and their imaginations thrive. Our children light up when they learn by modelling the BFG, solving a murder mystery or working out how to prevent ice pops melting, while art, drama, music, sports and activities ranging from ballet to Warhammer help them to extend their boundaries.

We’re non-selective but that doesn’t mean we’re not academic. Our children perform well above the national average and enjoy a rich intellectual, cultural and social mix. What they share – from the age of three through to eleven – is a willingness to experiment and question. We prepare children for a wide range of senior schools, though as a school of the Stephen Perse Foundation there is a smooth transition to the senior school for those for whom this is the appropriate path.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


From September 2022, James McCaughran, previously deputy head at Ipswich Prep School for seven years and before that director of co-curriculum at the Perse Prep School in Cambridge, where he was responsible for creating and implementing a vision for enrichment. ‘I am excited to be working across such an inspirational learning community whose values and beliefs align so closely to my own,’ he said of his new role.

Lives in Saffron Walden with his family. A keen and accomplished sportsman, he is lead coach for Wendens Ambo Mini Rugby Club and Wendens Ambo Cricket Club.

Principal of Stephen Perse Foundation since August 2020, Richard Girvan. Formerly surmaster (head of the senior school) at St Paul’s School in London for eight years, he has worked in education for...

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Special Education Needs

The school employs an Inclusion Specialist who oversees an inclusive approach to SEND.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia 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
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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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