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Traditional curriculum with plenty of active learning eg times table shoot-outs for the boys. Somerhill is a terrifically sporty school, with over 500 fixtures annually. Hardly surprising given the sport-loving heads and extensive parkland that enables it to host large-scale events. Somerhill seems particularly well-suited to the working parent. Not only does the single site mean a life-saving single drop off for most families, but the school day begins at 8am, and pupils can remain in school until 6pm. The preps seem right for parents and children wanting a single-sex environment – there are very different…

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Principal

Since 1998, John Coakley BA MA PGCE (50s). Educated at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School in Salisbury, read English at York, followed by a PGCE at Oxford and an MA in English at New Brunswick University, Canada. Previously headmaster of Ryde School on the Isle of Wight and of Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda, and headmaster of Yardley Court for nearly 20 years until his retirement in July 2017. He will remain as principal until July 2018.

He is warm and welcoming, straight-talking and fizzing with enthusiasm. Known affectionately as Mr C by children and parents, his modest office in the eaves suggests a deliberate lack of grandeur. A pupil describes him to us with genuine enthusiasm as ‘fantastic, he’s always there to help us’ and a parent sums him up: 'First...

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Special Education Needs

We have four specialists working in the SEN department. Pupils are normally seen by withdrawal either in one to one situations or in small groups. Support is provided primarily for pupils with dyslexia and dyscalculia but we also have experience helping boys and girls with elements of mild Aspergers and ADD/ADHD. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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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