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Can probably trace its origins back to the mid-17th century, making it one of the oldest prep schools (possibly the oldest - a Latin grammar book has turned up bearing the inscription 'Twyford School, 1775'). Encourages children to think independently and take responsibility for their own learning. Pupils told us the workload can ‘feel pressurised at times’ but that ‘lessons are rarely boring’. School is a ‘centre of excellence’ for girls’ cricket in Hampshire. ‘They love their trophy cabinet, but it can feel a bit too focused on promoting excellence and talent rather than celebrating enthusiasm...'

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What the school says...

A friendly, family-orientated school that aims to offer an all-round, top-rate education with a Christian ethos. Small classes taught by highly qualified staff. All children start as day pupils, then flexi-board from Year 4 and by their last year a significant number weekly board, providing an excellent preparation for their move to senior school. Modern facilities (classrooms, laboratories, music school, creative arts and ICT block, swimming pool, sports centre and astro-turf) contrast delightfully with the Victorian chapel and hall, creating a rich and stimulating environment. Four new classrooms have been built, six acres of new sports fields acquired and the boarding accommodation completely restructured and refurbished. ...Read more

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Since September 2020, Andrew Harvey, formerly head of The Paragon, an IAPS co-educational junior school in Bath. Studied theology at university, followed by a PGCE and has previously taught at Perrott Hill School, Chafyn Grove School and Sherfield School where he was head of pastoral care. He was appointed deputy Head of Lambrook School in 2007, before becoming head of The Paragon in 2012. Married to Anna, the couple have two daughters.


Main entry points are nursery, reception, years 2 and 3, although places are occasionally available in other years. Nursery places allocated according to date of registration; siblings have priority on waiting lists at other times. Short half-day assessment in November for those joining later, which school says is ‘not a rigorous hurdle – just an informal day to check they’re willing to have...

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support is led by a full time Head of Department. Learning support is offered to all pupils who would benefit e.g. from a short course on "how to revise", to those assessed with dyslexia.

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

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