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The curriculum is developed and updated on a continuous basis, lots of themed projects run to link subjects together. ‘Did you know you share 50 per cent of your genes with bananas?’ remarked one little lad, who was busy making a DNA model in the science and art room. Popular annual event is the French musical breakfast; parents enjoy the choir while year 6s don bow ties and act as waiters serving coffee and croissants.  Adjacent to the sports ground in is a lovely wooded area which allows numerous opportunities for adventure...

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What the school says...

Surbiton Preparatory School follows an enhanced National Curriculum combining traditional values with the best of modern methods. A high standard of written and practical work is expected. French, music and physical education are taught by specialist teachers throughout the school and information technology is a particular strength. In addition to a networked and internet linked computer room, each classroom has its own multi-media facility. Sound teaching is frequently supported by visits to outside venues. The positive ethos and happy, caring atmosphere enables boys to succeed and grow in confidence. ...Read more

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Since 2015, Sally Ralph BEd (50s), educated at a Gloucestershire grammar where she was head girl, followed by University of Bath. Mrs Ralph moved to London in the 1990s, teaching at Feltonfleet and Rowan Prep before becoming head of St David’s in Ashford. She has now taken up the headship of the boys’ preparatory school after five years as acting head and deputy head of both the girls' and boys' junior schools. An appointment much approved of by parents, pupils and colleagues, who tell us she is a gifted mathematics teacher as well as a dynamic leader of young men. She remains active in the classroom, working with all age groups on a weekly basis and as the maths specialist. She has a passion for gymnastics and has had a liaison role between school...

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Special Education Needs

A baseline assessment is undertaken when the boys join the school in reception. This is followed by an end of reception assessment. Children are also screened in Y1 and Y2 for dyslexic type problems. If a child is causing concern at any other point, then individual assessments are also carried out. When necessary, a child might also be referred to an Educational Psychologist. If learning support is given to a pupil, as a result of assessments, then this is usually in the form of weekly 1:1 lessons or sometimes small group lessons. The School ethos is one of embracing a pupil's individuality, helping him to grow in self-confidence and self-worth. Those pupils with specific learning difficulties are no exception and are supported in a caring and practical way.

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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