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Tormead is a leading UK independent school for girls.
We are very proud of our school and its ethos of encouraging each individual pupil to develop her talents to the full in a happy, caring and supportive environment. Our academic expectations are high and we value our students’ impressive record of examination successes and university places. We are equally proud of their many other cultural and sporting achievements and their varied contributions to the life of the wider community.

Tormead values individuality, celebrates diversity and encourages girls to be themselves, whilst emphasising equally the

value of tolerance, teamwork and collective responsibility. The academic pace offers stimulus and challenge, but is combined with an excellent range of extra-curricular activities enabling Tormead to offer a broad but balanced, progressive education.

Underpinning this is our wholeheartedly committed pastoral care of the pupils, allowing us to monitor carefully the progress and welfare of every girl. We work closely with parents to enable each girl to leave Tormead at ease with herself and ready to face with confidence the challenges of higher education and beyond.

We believe an important part of preparing our girls for the future is to ensure they are adept with the use of new technologies. To this end, we have embraced tablets into our curriculum with the deployment of a 1:1 iPad scheme for girls in Years 5 to 13. With the opening of our new premises in Autumn 2015, the girls benefit from innovative spaces to think, collaborate and reflect. This, coupled with an enhanced digital infrastructure, delivers an innovative, creative blend of modern technology with high standards of teaching.
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Head

Since September 2020 Mr David Boyd MA (Oxon) PGCE (Cantab). Previously deputy head (pastoral) at Latymer Upper School. Before that, spent two years in Hong Kong establishing a new British International School and prior to that spent 11 years as housemaster at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. Grew up in Belfast and read theology at Oxford and did his PGCE at Cambridge. He is an avid traveller, enjoys running, swimming, and has a keen interest in technology; and is currently completing a masters in Education and Technology at University College London. Married, with one young daughter.

Head of the prep school is Nicki Fry.

Entrance

Main entry points are in reception, year 3, year 7 and year 12. Will ‘aim to offer places to sisters of current pupils,’ but not a given. For reception...

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Special Education Needs

Tormead is academically selective and its students do very well in public examinations, but the school is particularly proud of the achievements of its dyslexic students, many of whom achieve high examination honours. Two such former students recently obtained Oxbridge firsts. Dyslexic students in both Junior and Senior school are taught in mainstream timetabled lessons, but are also supported by a team of specialist SEN teachers who meet them for weekly sessions. There is some flexibility in offering tailored programmes for students with other special needs such as moderate auditory or visual impairment, diabetes, epilepsy and cystic fibrosis.

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
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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