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WCCS is now up there with the top London preps, sending a regular flow of boys to the most coveted senior schools. The curriculum – ‘amazing’ said one parent – takes boys through the ‘cycle of civilisation’ (ancient, medieval and modern) three times during their stay, and while the timetable covers all the essentials, its reach is far more ambitious. Teaching, too, is anything but to the test. (‘It’s absolutely inspirational,’ said one father.) A charming mix of ancient and modern – a Tannoy called a boy to a music lesson, while loos are labelled just that – WCCS is amongst the most spic and span schools we’ve seen and ‘runs like clockwork’. Diocesan school inspectors commend the ‘outstanding Catholic ethos’ while parents…

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Since 2007, Neil McLaughlan, BA, PGCE. Mr McLaughlan attended St Joseph’s College in Ipswich and Durham University, where he studied philosophy and politics. After a brief stint as a management consultant, he trained as a teacher at Stonyhurst College (through Manchester Metropolitan University), going on to Worth, followed by Downside, where he became head of English and director of admissions. When the post at WCCS came up, he’d never considered a prep school, but the lure of London was strong.

Since his arrival, he’s transformed ‘a gentle, friendly, eccentric’ school into a ‘secure, academic’ one. ‘I took the view early on that you don’t just put a cross over the door, you have to earn your reputation. I’m really proud of what we’ve done.’ A genial, relaxed figure (offering us...

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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
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
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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