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One of Cheshire’s top academic performers. The head puts this down partly to real academic choices. The school doesn’t turn its nose up at offering subjects such as graphic design and IT at A level. ‘We need to prepare children for where the world is going,’ he says. Vast and green outdoor space, with sandpits, wigwams, climbing frames, swings, sensory garden and woodland area. One father asked: ‘Show me where you’d find better facilities round here,’ and we reckon we’d struggle. Parents and pupils praise pastoral support offered by staff. ‘All the teachers are so helpful and friendly'...

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When a major national newspaper visited The Grange School, Hartford, the glowing full page coverage ended with the question, Why arent all schools like this? That warmth of response is shared by all who visit the school, including the investigators for The Good Schools Guide. The reasons for the warmth? Stimulated, well behaved, happy and successful pupils who enjoy a wonderful relationship with caring and inspirational teachers. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Graphics) at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Business Studies: Single at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Graphics) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking English Language at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Graphics) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Debbie Leonard MEd BEd (40s), previously head of Croydon High. Deputy head of Nottingham GHS, arrived at Croydon towards the end of the academic year as acting head for the following year after only brief tenure of predecessor. Has also been deputy head of Thetford Grammar and head of PE and school development at King Edward's Birmingham. Her masters is in management and learning. A very keen sportswoman, she has been a national league hockey coach and plays golf. She grew up in the Lake District and enjoys climbing and walking.

Head of the junior school since 2014, Mr Guy Rands, previously academic deputy head of the senior school. Educated at Abingdon School and Manchester University. Often to be found out swimming (open water 10ks), cycling (coast to...

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Special Education Needs

The Grange School, though an academic school, is aware of the need to identify any specific learning difficulties and to provide as much support as possible from infant level to sixth form. There is an emphasis on educating all staff to develop their teaching styles so that they include and support all children with any kind of specific need effectively. A recent full school inspection described our provision for SEN pupils as excellent. Our Special Needs provision includes screening and initial diagnostic assessment, nurture groups and workshops and one-to-one tuition at sixth-form level. We currently have experience of supporting pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD and Asperger's Syndrome.

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 Y
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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