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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 2022, Fr Christopher Cann, previously headmaster of Ratcliffe College prep school in Leicestershire. Before that he was head of Leicester Preparatory School and Denstone College prep. Has an MA in French from St Andrews and in theology from the University of Oxford. Married to Honor, who is a GP, with six children and two grandchildren.


Admission is via a meeting with the head and staff; pupils are invited for a day. Those transferring from another school provide school reports and reference. Students who speak little English are welcomed. Those entering in year 7 sit an 11-plus exam.

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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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