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WCCS is as close to being a school inside a church as is physically possible: only a Westminster version of the Bridge of Sighs (thankfully, a happier outcome for its occupants) separates the school building from the cathedral’s interior. The top two floors are home to the chorister boarders and it’s a pretty good sanctuary for such incredibly hard-working boys, who have to combine their full-on musical life (singing in the cathedral on a daily basis and honing their skills) with a packed academic timetable. The head says that their welfare is his ‘biggest single headache’ and that sometimes he has to tell them to take time out...

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Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, Neil McLaughlan (40s). For a man with a truly Catholic background (large C), a Catholic boarding school and posts in all the obvious schools, including Stonyhurst, Worth and Downside (only Ampleforth missing), he is engagingly undoctrinaire and also extremely good company. On our last visit he told us that he hopes to be here ‘for the duration’ and there’s no change here, in fact it would be hard to imagine the school without him, he does literally appear to be part of the fabric. Parents are equally convinced: ‘he picks up on everything’; ‘totally approachable’; ‘understands my son’; in fact it’s lucky that he loves living in London and is definitely not heading out the door any time soon. Prodded over any further ambitions for his hugely successful school, he admitted that...

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Special Education Needs

The school's SEN policy gives staff guidelines to help them identify children with possible specific learning difficulties. These individuals are screened by the SENCO and a further educational psychologist assessment suggested to parents if necessary. Limited remedial help can be offered within the school, by withdrawing children with recognised learning difficulties from classes. Otherwise remedial tuition is recommended at a centre outside school. Staff are made familiar with any new SEN diagnosis, and Individual Educational Plans issued with specific recommendations.

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

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