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In the classrooms, we observed fun, interactive lessons and the teachers clearly know their pupils' strengths and weaknesses. ‘It’s been fantastic for my girls and I couldn’t fault it,’ one parent told us. The atmosphere on the day of our visit was buzzy, with pupils practising instruments at one end of the corridor, and a class enthusiastically reading through their parts for a production of Charlie and the Chocolate factory at the other. We certainly heard no complaints about the teachers, with parents commenting that they are ‘fantastic practitioners’ who are ‘incredibly committed’ and ‘throw themselves into school life’. There have been some grumbles from parents of older pupils that…

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What the school says...

Beautifully situated preparatory school close to York with small classes and friendly but purposeful atmosphere. We provide a kind and nurturing environment where children enjoy finding their passions, discovering their strengths and making lifelong friendships. Our aim is to provide an environment that expands every child's horizons through the best co-educational preparatory education, with opportunity, happiness and community at its core. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


From September 2024, Huw Thomas, previously head of prep at Plymouth College. Before that he held leadership roles at Sherborne Prep School and Glenalmond College, as well as multiple roles at Blundell’s School. Married to Becca, with two sons.


Most join in the nursery or reception aged 3+ or 4+ and move into pre-prep, with another main intake in year 3. Pupils can be accepted into all year groups up to year 8 depending on spaces being available. The first step for parents is to visit the school and meet the headmaster, after which a taster day is encouraged for children to find out if they are suited to the school. There are no formal entrance tests, but staff will assess children informally during taster days.

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Special Education Needs

Our priority is to ensure that all children at Terrington Hall achieve their full potential with positivity, confidence and self-esteem. Our resources are centred around the Learning Support Hub - a bright, warm and welcoming classroom staffed by our special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) and a part time teaching assistant. They work across the academic departments to provide and plan support for all children. This may include targeted interventions, online intervention programmes, classroom support, and small group work. We work closely with children, their parents and our staff team to ensure that learning support is positive and personal. We believe in inclusion and seek to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that provides equal opportunities for all. Treating every child as an individual is important to us and we welcome all children with learning support needs as long as our staff team can provide them with the support they require.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
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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