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There is currently a huge drive in teaching and learning - ‘persistent innovation shared across subjects’ is how one senior leader described the growing aspirational culture. The leadership team encourages teachers to engage with other outstanding schools and to model the excitement of the intellectual life. This is a dynamic place to work and it is out to attract the top teachers nationally. Music, as you would expect in a school with close links to a cathedral, is strong. A large number of students learn instruments and there are lots of ensembles, choirs and orchestras. The school has a variety of ...

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: 11, 12 & 13+: Maths, English & VR. 16: Minimum of 8 grades (6 Bs & 2 Cs) or equivalent at GCSE, entry test and interview.

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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

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.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Performing arts specialist school

Sports

Polo

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

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2020, Gareth Doodes, formerly at Dover College where he was head for five years. Before that, head of Milton Abbey in Dorset. Started his career at Taunton as a history teacher and then as a housemaster at Oakham. He has coached sport and has always been involved with music and drama. Also a Church of England lay minister of communion.

Educated at Eastbourne College, where he was a music scholar; MA in modern history at the St Andrews. A keen cyclist and swimmer, he plays the piano and organ, and has extensive choral singing experience. Married to Jessica, who hails from Worcestershire, and they have two young children, Humphrey and Persephone, both of whom will become pupils at the school.

Academic matters

The school produces consistently strong exam results year on...

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Please note: 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 school takes seriously the importance of catering for pupils who have identified special needs. There is a new Learning Skills department run by a trained expert assisted by another specialist. All pupils are screened on entry. The department works very closely with partoral staff and helps to monitor and interpret academic progress. Pupils are rarely withdrawn from lessons but receive extra help from trained staff in a variety of ways during lunchtimes or after school. The school also has a Special Needs Coordinator who is a member of the English staff and liaises with teaching staff. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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