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We stopped by a reception class, where the French teacher was reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in French: ‘Marche lentement,’ she ordered, as they leapt to their feet. For year 1, it was newspaper publishing and dabbling in coding within two very well stocked IT rooms, while year 2 were learning about the Victorian age. Visiting on a gloriously sunny autumn day, we witnessed pupils’ fun in the outdoor swimming pool. As the gender ratio varies, sports teams are mixed: ‘Sport is for everyone,’ head says breezily...

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What the school says...

At The Ryleys School, we provide a perfectly balanced education for children of the 21st century by combining high academic standards along with an outstanding personal development and extra curricular programme. We offer a progressive education while maintaining the traditions and core values of a preparatory school within our exceptional site and facilities. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2016, Julia Langford, BEd (Chester), previously deputy head. Arrived here in 2011 from Hale Prep as head of English.

Since taking up the reins, Mrs Langford has instigated some bold changes but stresses that she has sought to fuse the school’s traditional values with a more forward-thinking education. One new element has been introducing global perspectives into the curriculum; children now study countries from all angles: historical, geographical and cultural. She has also created a rather splendid outdoor classroom. ‘Learning about rivers’, she says, ‘means the children can now get out and build one with dams’. A passionate advocate for practical engagement and children being hands-on when learning, she believes outdoor activities bring a fresh perspective and improved concentration.

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Enhancement department is equipped to deal with a range of special educational needs as required. A qualified dyslexia specialist is employed by the school to meet the needs of those children, and for others, support is given in intervention groups or one-to-one support where necessary by suitably qualified and experienced staff.

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

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