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Wellesley Haddon Dene School

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Recent merger deemed a huge success. ‘Feels a bit like a blended family, in the best possible way,’ said a parent. Despite the larger pupil roll, the family feel remains, according to parents, and it’s great fun too, with idyllic beach themed photos of pupils getting well-deserved top spots in the marketing materials. Learning here is a far cry from chalk and talk – we sat in a French lesson where year 3s sang their hearts out about French colours accompanied by the teacher on the guitar. Younger ones, especially, can often be found learning outside – hunting for insects and…

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  • Wellesley Haddon Dene School
    114 Ramsgate Road
    CT10 2DG
  • Head: Joanne Papworth
  • T 01843 862991
  • F 01843 602068
  • E hmsecretary@welle…
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 13. Wellesley Haddon Dene School's day fees are £7,215 - £16,230 pa, with boarding fees at £20,085 - £27,120 pa. Want to know more about admissions, school ethos and pastoral care? Read our unbiased Wellesley House review.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 166
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £7,215 - £16,230 pa; Boarding £20,085 - £27,120 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

Wellesley House aims to open up a world of possibilities for each child. Renowned for academic excellence, Wellesley has particular success helping its pupils to win scholarship places. However, children open up more than just books here. Art, music and drama are central to school life, while an impressive range of sport, from riding to sailing, provides an outlet for every talent. A caring ethos and broad curriculum ensures pupils are nurtured as part of a happy family where friendships last a lifetime and the next step is always in the right direction. ...Read more

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Since 2019, Joanne Parpworth. She joined Haddon Dene School in 2012 and became head seven years later. Back then, pupil numbers had dropped dramatically and Haddon Dene was facing bankruptcy, but by the time of the merger they were back up to a healthy 170. ‘But with a limited site, we couldn’t go higher. Naturally we were aware of nearby Wellesley House’s financial difficulties and extensive grounds, so it made sense to acquire Wellesley House and move everyone there.’

Educated at her local comp in Birmingham, she was the first in her family to attend university (business at Aston), after which she worked in business and marketing for the likes of Boots and Dixons. You can tell - she is still fond of marketing speak and PR-isms. But following a five-year break when she had her children,...

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Special Education Needs

We have a fully qualified SENCo who is a full time member of staff and who has 30 years experience of working with a wide range of Special Needs. We have a specialist SEN room fully equipped with the latest computer technology and teaching resources. The SENCo works closely with all members of staff to ensure full access to the curriculum for each child in the school. SEN teaching takes place during the normal school day and can take the form of one to one withdrawal, small group teaching or in-class support. Wellesley is able to make provision for a range of moderate learning difficulties and can offer both academic and pastoral support. For a full account of our SEN policy, please contact the School. We will be only too willing to discuss Special Needs with you.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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
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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