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Once routinely described as bohemian or alternative, that’s not the case now, say staff and parents (with a mere hint of politely gritted teeth) and the school excels at providing a child-centred education that’s the real deal - short on edu-babble and ‘stand and deliver teaching,’ long on intelligence, spontaneity and enjoyment. And it’s not just the top years that benefit, with reception children ditching Wheels on the Bus for Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner, delivered with tasteful guitar backing and full complement of aspirants rather than Chas ‘n’ Dave pub-side bellow. Small, but with…

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What the school says...

Established in 1970, Unicorn is a parent-owned 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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Since 2013, Mr Kit Thompson, previously deputy head (academic) of Twyford School in Hampshire. Has needed to keep a tight hand on the tiller to maintain school’s highly individual, non-pressurised yet astonishingly successful course - where else do pupils routinely turn down places at top London secondaries like Godolphin & Latymer or Lady Eleanor Holles? - whilst resisting undue interference from articulate, heavily involved parents who, as school owners, enjoy having their say. It’s a big ask.


Single form all the way through and non-selective for those who arrive in the nursery aged 3 - ‘you can’t measure intelligence by the way a child holds a pencil’ - though arrivals in other years are assessed in English and, in juniors, maths and reasoning, too.

As for special needs, around 17 have...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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