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Pastoral care is a vitally recognised and deeply instilled part of the school, with every teacher having a pastoral role and an allocated period where pupils can come and have a chat. The deputy head laughed that when she first started at the school she was astounded that a child’s guinea pig dying was a vital part of such a meeting. Class sizes are small and teachers pride themselves on their ability to juggle requirements. Parents applauded the method, one delighted that…

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Throughout my career my primary concern has been to both support and challenge the learning of each individual pupil. My motivation to lead lies in the basic belief that by providing a positive educational experience we are able to make a difference to the lives of young adults. This goes beyond just academic achievement to encompass raising student self-esteem and giving students the confidence to realise that they can be happy, successful and lead fulfilling lives. I believe that young people need to be regularly challenged; encouraged to have an open mind so that they can improve and make a more positive contribution to society. The educational needs of students in the 21st century extend beyond memorising facts to facing challenge, dealing with ‘obstacles’, innovation and effective contribution to a team. ...Read more

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Since September 2023, Robert Robinson, previously deputy head pastoral of The British School, Rio de Janeiro and before that senior deputy head of Rossall School. His other roles include boarding housemaster at Ardingly College for four years, head of history at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury for nine years and history teacher and houseparent at University College School.


Appeal is growing, with an extended three-form entry at year 7 expected from September 2023. Around 85-90 per cent of the onsite prep school moves up to the senior school and it also pulls in new pupils from across Devon as day pupils and from UK and internationally as boarders.

Not academically selective but CAT4 testing and existing school reports guide expectations of the new cohort, together with an informal assessment day, which includes...

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Special Education Needs

We aim to identify a pupil's special need as soon as possible. We use the results of baseline tests, tests of self-esteem and an ongoing process of monitoring progress by subject and form teachers, to identify a potential learning difficulty. If a learning difficulty is suspected we will arrange for further, more specific, testing, by an educational psychologist with the agreement of parents. The result of these tests, along with recommendations will be circulated to subject teachers, identifying the learning style of the pupil. Extra specialist tuition will be arranged and provided by qualified staff in specialist education. We regard the pupils self-esteem to be of vital importance to their learning and recognise that each pupil, whatever their difficulty, is an individual.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
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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