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Adequate space for ropes to swing and break time football, though one pitch has a single goal and many disputed results. ‘Good for negotiation skills,’ says teacher. Scarcely needed anyway, what with the extensive pitches, fields and courts, shared by seniors and prep schools, just 10 minutes away. Year 2 pupils were (literally) separating fact from fiction by working out what sort of books might feature, say, a glossary, while year 3s examined coin designs with impressive levels of attention...

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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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Headteacher

Since 2015, Sally Ralph BEd. Masses of experience at all levels. Started off at Feltonfleet School in 1984, moved to Rowan Girls’ in 1988 and was then head of St David’s School in Ashford, Surrey before starting here in 2009, working across the girls’ and boys’ preps in acting and deputy head roles before being appointed to current role.

Calm in the face of challenges. Just as well, when faced with task of transforming elderly, listed office block into second building for younger pupils and turning car park into a playground. It’s worked a treat.

She’s felt to be nice and supportive by parents. ‘Really liked her approach - she was really welcoming,’ said one. Relishes her job. ‘I enjoy working with children, love seeing those...

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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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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