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The broad curriculum and creativity are fundamental. Musicians perform regularly. The Unicorn Singers have won competitions including gold in the junior vocal ensemble at the Richmond Festival, and reached the national finals of youth festivals. Three-quarters of the pupils learn an instrument. Pupils are encouraged to be confident, as we saw in a polished year 4 assembly on Romans and Celts involving drama and music, revealing pupils’ considerable knowledge of the topic. Space is at a premium. The playground is made good use of with...

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What the school says...

Established in 1970, Unicorn is a parent-founded school with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our broad curriculum covers the usual range of academic, sporting and aesthetic subjects together with philosophy and thinking skills. Our last inspection report (March 2016) awarded Unicorn 'excellent' in all areas. They commented that 'The quality of pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent, including in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Key factors which support their high achievement are an excellent curriculum which combines a focus on literacy and numeracy with expressive and creative subjects, excellent teaching and the positive behaviour of the pupils.' They also commented that 'Pupils are respectful, caring, polite and well behaved, which contributed strongly to their excellent overall achievement.' ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2021, Polly Fraley. Educated at Godolphin and Latymer before studying history at Oxford and a PGCE in primary education at Roehampton. First joined Unicorn in 2008 as head of juniors and learning support for six years before moving to Sheen Mount Primary School ‘to broaden her experience’, returning to Unicorn in 2017 as deputy head.

Entrance

Into nursery in September after child’s third birthday with places offered from 18 months prior to entry, so parents say ‘you almost have to put your name down at birth’. Siblings and children of past pupils are given priority. Arrival in other years involves assessment in English and, in juniors, maths. Single form entry throughout with maximum of 22. Slight movement at 7+ for variety of reasons, including relocation and occasional misfit between pupil and school. One parent...

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Special Education Needs

The Unicorn School aims to provide an education in which the different educational needs of each child are understood and met by every member of staff. The school also aims to ensure that all children have full access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Children who need extra support may be offered one-to-one, or small group, tuition for literacy or numeracy. The school has part-time, trained staff for this purpose. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
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 Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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