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A school with progressive leadership, ambitious staff, eager minded children and a generous helping of fresh air. The school’s unique selling point is its farm, right at the heart of the site and fully integrated into daily life. The farm ‘gets children outside and involved’. Arrive early and you can muck out, bring the ponies in from the fields, collect eggs and feed the animals, all before 8am. No apologies for…

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Montessori school


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Chris Hattam BA (in comparative religion from Edinburgh), MA (in community justice from Manchester). Educated at Sherborne where he met his wife, Jess, who was at Sherborne Girls and who now works as the school registrar. Unconventional route to teaching via some frustrating years in the probation service – ‘red tape meant you couldn’t do anything’. Studied graduate teaching programme while working at Sedbergh where he remained for 14 years, teaching PSHE, RS, philosophy and ethics. Also served eight years as housemaster – ‘a privilege’. Straight into headship at The Elms, ignoring the deputy rung on the ladder on the advice of friends and colleagues – ‘Chris, you’d be bored within two years.’

Amiable, ambitious and brimming with ideas, he is one of those people that makes you...

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Special Education Needs

The school intentionally includes a wide ability range including SEN and gifted children who receive support, either individually, or within the usual teaching environment, according to individual requirements.

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