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Only the depth of parental pockets limits the travel opportunities. But the Grange community doesn’t just feather its own nest. The school supports countless charities - both locally and internationally. Activities within school are also abundant. There’s a spirit of joining in, the pupils tell us, ‘you don’t have to be the best at something to have a go.’ Not many schools we’ve visited have been so wholehearted in their commitment to the arts…

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When a major national newspaper visited The Grange School, Hartford, the glowing full page coverage ended with the question, Why aren't 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)

Other features

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2016, Debbie Leonard MEd BEd (early 50s), previously head of Croydon High School for Girls. She comes across as warm, straightforward and practical. She was happy to come back to the north, after six years in Croydon. Brought up in Cumbria, her family background is a world away from privileged and aspirational start in life that Grange pupils can expect. She was raised in a town where ‘the boys went to the shipyard and the girls went to the slipper factory’ and she was the only one of her four siblings to go to university. Passionate about sport, she focused on getting the A levels she needed to be able to train to teach PE. She did her BEd - in PE with maths - at Leeds Metropolitan University and continued 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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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