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Tormead is one of the country’s leading independent girls schools located in Guildford, Surrey. 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. ...Read more

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Head

Since 2010, Mrs Christina Foord BA MPhil. Age ‘Fifties,’ she volunteers. Original plan, to be a doctor, sensibly changed when realised she didn’t like science and opted for languages instead. Studied English, completed MPhil and then gave in to imperative to teach.

Love of subject drew her to more academically able pupils and taught English first at Queen’s School, Chester, then Bromsgrove School in the 1990s. Married, had children and when this proved incompatible with boarding school life (husband was a houseparent), left to run historic moated house. Subsequently moved to Skegness as house parent and teacher at state boarding school, then to St Catherine’s, Bramley in 2003 as a lower sixth boarding house mistress and English teacher, where she joined the senior management team in 2007 as assistant head....

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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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