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The impressively packed curriculum and extra-curricular - as well as the vast spectrum of options across the arts, IT, performance and sport - is partly possible because of the long school day. For senior prep, the day finishes at 5pm after an hour’s prep has been completed, after which there might be clubs. This is a boarding school rhythm (the school has now expanded to full boarding in fact) and very much about encouraging children to explore. The school is especially strong on sport, with a swag bag of trophies to prove it. But sport is a cornerstone here and if your child wouldn’t ...

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What the school says...

Terra Nova is a vibrant and exciting school set in 35 acres of rural Cheshire countryside. The perfect place for a child to grow and develop. The school is steeped in history and values the traditions that form the foundations on which a fresh thinking approach is adopted.

All children in the School are encouraged to develop their talents and realise their potential in the way that best meets their needs and personalities.

The wellbeing of every child is at the heart of the School’s philosophy, we want them to develop a genuine love of learning, be resilient, optimistic, confident and kind people who can sustain good relationships and make a positive contribution to society.

Relationships are further fostered, and independence developed with the opportunity for pupils to board at Terra Nova School in preparation for both Senior boarding schools and future university life. Pupils are enjoying flexible and full boarding from Year 3 to Year 8. There are currently 24-35 pupils boarding on a regular basis.

Academic Reputation
Terra Nova School prides itself on preparing pupils for the next stage in their education, through a dynamic, vibrant and engaging curriculum taught by world-class educators who have training and experience across the world. All this achieved making use of the very best resources. Many pupils leave Terra Nova with scholarships at prestigious Schools such as Shrewsbury, Uppingham, Rugby, Repton, Marlborough and Sedburgh. Other pupils have gone on to study at Eton and Oxford.

Terra Nova School offers an enviable setting for pupils, perfect for learning outside the classroom through the purpose built forest school set in our own woodlands, bespoke shooting range, all purpose floodlit astroturf, tennis courts, Performing Arts Centre and swimming pool. This summer the school has also developed two further facilities, a state of the art Makerspace to enhance our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) programme and The Hub, a new a vibrant library and resource centre for pupils.
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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



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Since September 2021, Paul Campbell, previously executive head of three schools (two primaries; one senior) in East London, which all stepped up from troubled histories to outstanding schools under his leadership. His 20 years’ experience as a teacher kicked off overseas with spells in Ghana, the Ukraine and Borneo, after which he progressed to head of Primrose Hill Primary and then Monteagle School in Dagenham, which also faced considerable difficulties when he took on the role.


Pupils from junior prep onwards are invited for a taster day and do an English and maths assessment. Broad intake; not ‘selective’ in the strict sense. School interviews prospective pupils to gauge whether a child is curious about the world and has an interest in learning. School likes to talk to parents too to see if they too are...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia 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
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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