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Open the magnificent door to this charming primary school in the university area of Reading and the tone is immediately set by the welcoming, down-to-earth staff and the seemingly endless displays of photographs, artwork, booklets, written work and more that decorates every single room and corridor. ‘That’s my work!’ come the squeals of delight from the girls. One downstairs classroom we visited had a straw-based area that looked so much like a mini-farm that we half expected a live animal to appear. We saw spirited girls having a whale of a time with…

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What the school says...

The Abbey Junior School offers a broad curriculum enriched by many workshops and trips (residential from Year 3). The atmosphere is friendly, lively, purposeful and fun.
Girls aged 3-5 join the Early Years Centre which was classed as Outstanding in every category by Ofsted who praised the stimulating, inspiring and fascinating environment.' Junior School girls have specialist teaching in Science, Music, Sport, ICT and Languages and take part in many clubs.There is before and after school care and a holiday club.

Most girls continue to The Abbey Senior School which is consistently a top academic performer at GCSE, A level and IB as well as offering many extra-curricular opportunities to pupils.
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Head

Since February 2015, Mrs Nicola Dick-Cleland MA Oxon QTS (50s), previously deputy and then acting head. She joined the school in 2011 and was rapidly promoted to deputy. Has a degree in experimental psychology from Oxford and a teaching qualification from Reading. Was a senior manager at BT (the second most senior woman in BT at the time) before turning to a career in psychotherapy and, later, taking on a role as music teacher at the Dolphin School in Hurst, where her son was at school and where she loved it so much that she embarked on formal teacher training. ‘For me, being a head brings together everything I know – leadership, psychology and education - perfect,’ she says.

Refreshing to hear her talk enthusiastically about working with adults (many primary...

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Special Education Needs

See senior school questionnaire. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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