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‘Exams aren’t the most important part of education,’ said no Habs boy, or parent of a Habs boy, ever. ‘Exams are the number one priority for parents – they know that top grades will open more doors to their sons,’ says the school, unapologetically. And there are certainly few that aren’t flung wide on the basis of this top-of-the-league school’s consistently high results. Year 7 can be tricky for those not already in training for the school’s intensive regime and those from homework-free primary schools can sometimes feel daunted. They soon learn, however, to take it in their stride. And if they don’t, there’s help on offer from ....

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What the school says...

Habs is The Sunday Times Independent School of the Year 2017. We consider ourselves a unique and special school, and deliver an exciting curriculum supported by a huge range of co-curricular activities. Our stunning grounds and facilities, along with a variety of shared activities with the adjoining Girls' School, ensure a well-rounded education geared to the needs of the most gifted and talented. We are a community that truly nurtures excellence, which is why we are one of the top schools in the country.

Information regarding scholarships and bursaries, entrance examinations and the admissions process, the curriculum and co-curricular activities, and many other details, are available on our website.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Gus Lock MA Oxon (late 30s), previously head of Warwick School. Educated here at Habs', he read ancient and modern history at Oxford. First teaching post was at The Manchester Grammar School, thence to Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood, where he became head of middle school and met and married Alison (a French and Italian teacher). Mr Lock then moved to Warwick School, where he served as deputy head before taking on the headship. Gus and Alison have three young children.

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‘Exams aren’t the most important part of education,’ said no Habs boy, or parent of a Habs boy, ever. ‘Exams are the number one priority for parents – they know that top grades will open more doors to their sons,’ says the school, unapologetically. And there are certainly few that...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The curriculum provides equality of access and opportunity for all our students to make progress. For those few boys with additional educational needs (e.g.dyslexia, dyspraxia), monitoring and support is co-ordinated by the school's learning support team who work in close collaboration with the House system and academic departments. Two members of the learning support team hold specialist qualifications in specific learning difficulties.

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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