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So far, so ordinary, we think as we take a walk across the playground with a pirate ship, hard court and shaded seating until we reach a little plot of land converted into an outdoor classroom where a tiered fire is burning well, and children are writing and exploring their responses to life as a Tudor – a good example of the school’s creative, cross-curricular approach in action. A group of eco warriors were on a high at the time of our visit, having recorded a song and appeared on Blue Peter to talk about it...

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Head

Since September 2019, Victoria Goodson BA, MA from Durham in educational leadership and management. Previously head of pre-prep at Newton Prep, as a girl she attended Norwich High, another GDST school. Very warm and sincere, she wants parents to feel she is really approachable and will be on the school gate every morning. She has two primary school age children and enjoys family time, reading, baking and bike riding. Her focus will be on developing ‘fearless learners’ and her first initiative a regular lecture series with a STEM focus drawing on the talents of the school community.

Entrance

At 4+ there are now two reception classes with entrance assessed by girls take place in a playgroup session with teachers for an hour. Staff are considering numeracy skills, early phonics, hand-writing, conversation skills, plus interaction with staff...

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Special Education Needs

The school's special needs policy follows the recommendations of the Code of Practice (2001). At admission each pupil is looked at as an individual case to see whether the school can effectively meet her needs. A girl would only be refused entry if she was unable to attain the required academic standard or if the school was unable to cope with the child's difficulty once every effort had been made to accommodate her needs. The school has a Learning Support Department run by a qualified dyslexia teacher. Individual difficulties (eg mild dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Aspergers) are handled as appropriate by the Learning Support Department. Pupils whose difficulties form a significant barrier to learning may have an Individual Education Plan and some targeted help from the Learning Support Department. Pupils with specific learning difficulties should be able to cope in mainstream classes but the school offers a supportive environment in which staff are made aware of the ways in which these students can be supported within the classroom. The Junior School also has access to well qualified perpatetic special needs teachers who can give long term individual support during school time and parents may wish to use this facility for which an extra charge is made.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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