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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...

Twyford is a very special school. The happiness and fulfilment of each and every child is at the centre of all we do.

Situated on the edge of the South Downs, in the heart of the village of Twyford and only 2 miles from the centre of historic Winchester, we benefit from fantastic train and road links to London and beyond. Our beautiful Queen Anne house is set in 22 acres of extensive and attractive grounds with the Pre-Prep School housed in a Victorian building within its own area. Although Twyford is steeped in history dating back to 1809, our outlook is refreshingly modern.

Our Nursery welcomes boys and girls from the age of 2 who enjoy a seamless transition into Reception class. Pre-Prep boasts an enviable playground full of wonderful equipment and space. The Forest School canopy is nestled within the Pre-Prep woods and whilst toasting marshmallows, building dens and singing songs you catch glimpses of the Prep School, pitches and older children playing.

The Prep School classrooms, Sports and Music centres have evolved around the Queen Anne building at its centre. The Sports Hall boasts a full-size indoor court, cricket nets, heated indoor 20m swimming pool and also houses our stage and tiered seating for school performances. The Music School is home to 8 individual teaching and practice rooms and a hall for recitals. The newly refurbished Art and DT block has carved out a great space for creative minds. The Boarding Dorms are in the main School buildings, accessed by stairs in our central hall which is a daily hub for the children.

Sport is well serviced within the 22 acres with many grass pitches overlooked by a splendid oak beamed pavilion. An all-weather Astro is used year-round for Hockey, Tennis and breaktimes and the Netball courts have been recently resurfaced. The amazing Chalk Mounds Adventure playground is a firm favourite for all year groups.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

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.

Entrance

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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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 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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