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Academic excellence is a given, and the children here are sponges who mop up everything intellectual, cultural, esoteric, thrown at them. Staff (described as ‘cool’, ‘fun’ and ‘with great energy’) tend to stay for the long haul – even the so-called newbies have been here four or five years. For a cramped London prep, the extracurricular offering is astonishing. Before school, at lunchtimes and after school there are clubs galore, with boys encouraged to set up their own (‘although...

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Headmaster of Junior

Since 2014, Lewis Hayward MA Oxon MA ed management (OU) PCGE, a classicist (40s). An interesting former life - he began his teaching life in EFL in Nairobi and Saudi. Thence to the relative quiet of Holmewood House and Highfield preps' classics depts until he left for Highgate School in 2009, where he became deputy principal.

Plan A was to become an author; chose teaching because he thought there would be enough spare time for the writing. Surprised himself by taking to the world of education like a duck to water, although happily does ‘manage a bit of writing too’ – though we’re not sure when given that he’s up at 4.50am every day, running nine miles as part of his commute from south London before arriving at school...

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Special Education Needs

There is currently one full time Learning Support Specialist in the Senior School. Pupils are screened for dyslexia on entry to the school. Progress of pupils with specific learning difficulties is monitored and reviewed at regular intervals. Individual support by withdrawal from lessons is offered in short blocks (usually 6 sessions) aimed at remediating specific areas of difficulty. If long-term, continuous support is required parents are advised of contacts outside the school. Once admitted to the school, children are assessed and, where necessary, given support specifically in English, Maths and general organisation. The number requiring support each year is minimal.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia 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 Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
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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