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Goodwill and loyalty in spades from a convivial staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who greet you with genuine northern warmth and geniality. A four-wheel drive vehicle might be a must come winter; these are no-nonsense hardy folk for whom Barbours and wellies are de rigueur for a few months each year. No lack of academic rigour, regular testing so they know where they are but ‘not glued to their desks’ either, plenty of talk of breadth and balance across a traditional prep curriculum with added outdoor benefits.

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What the school says...

Westville House School was founded in 1960 and is a vibrant place with many new developments. We have three adventure playgrounds catering for both the older and younger children, plus a woodland classroom area. The school has its own playing field which can be used for hockey, football, cricket and athletics. All this reflects the school's continued commitment to its original ethos of a first class education for its children in a friendly and caring environment where the children gain confidence, achieve success and are prepared for life in the 21st century. ...Read more

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Since September 2015, Mr Ian Shuttleworth BEd Sheffield Hallam (early 40s), previously deputy head at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) for six years, and before that held posts at Birkdale Preparatory School and Brontë House. Played rugby union professionally and captained Otley RFC in the English Championship. Also an avid cricketer, having played semi-professionally in the Yorkshire leagues for a number of years. Married with two children, his spare time, unsurprisingly, still involves plenty of sporting options alongside family pursuits. Energetic, sincere and welcoming, he’s popular with parents and children and is clearly relishing the role, bringing new impetus and drive. ‘Under Mr Shuttleworth’s guidance, we feel the school is going from strength to strength,’ say parents.


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Special Education Needs

Westville House School is a non-selective Prep School. We regard each child as an individual and have a flexible attitude to their requirements. We aim to identify and the support all children with special needs, inclusive of those who are considered to be ‘gifted’. Teachers work closely with parents to recognise special needs at as early as stage as possible. Once the need has been identified, the children are provided with a programme of study designed by the SENCO, in conjunction with the class or subject teacher. Support is provided in small groups, individually or in some cases through an outside agency. A dyslexia specialist teacher works in school on a part-time basis, and she provides the initial screening tests for reading problems and then individual tuition as prescribed by the SENCO involved, following a fuller test at the Dyslexia Institute in Leeds, York or Skipton. Other needs such as behavioural or co-ordination problems may include help and advice from the local health service, health visitors or help form the occupational therapy service. We also have experience of and provide for in school: Kline Felter Syndrome and Kippel-Trenauny Syndrome. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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