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Our lunchtime hosts were bright-eyed, chatty and full of the joys of boarding – quite something for 11 year old boys. A traditional vibe prevails and school makes no bones about its boarding culture and preparation for public school, but it’s by no means stuck in the dark ages. The innovative ‘creative curriculum’ followed in the lower part of the school is well established and revered by staff and pupils alike – head speaks passionately about its execution: staff burying artefacts to be found by children with metal detectors (Romans) and children arriving at school to find snowy footsteps leading to their classrooms which were draped in fur throws (Frozen Worlds)...

 

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What the school says...

'The aim of Winchester House is to develop life-long learners with a spirit of resourcefulness and self-reliance within a warm and purposeful community.
As parents the greatest gift we can give our children is to create opportunities for them to develop their self-esteem to ensure that they are resilient, enabling them to tackle and overcome any obstacle they face. At Winchester House we encourage children to take up opportunities and embrace challenge with tenacity.
We strive to give each child a thirst for life-long learning through a stimulating and innovative curriculum which pursues excellence.
Winchester House has a long tradition of delivering a holistic education and we are constantly reflecting on how to evolve to provide an education relevant to young people facing the challenges of contemporary society.
I hope you will take up the opportunity either to visit us for an Open Morning or come on a bespoke visit. I feel very lucky to be part of such a vibrant learning community which has an energy and sense of fun where children thrive.
I look forward to welcoming you.'

Emma Goldsmith, Head
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Head

Since 2014, Emma Goldsmith (40s). Born and educated in Durham before reading English at Manchester. Landed first teaching job at Oakham where she threw herself into coaching netball, D of E: ‘The last thing in the world I wanted to be was a teacher,’ she says, ‘but from that point on, I was committed to boarding schools.’ Later recruited to help set up sixth form girls’ boarding at Rugby and whilst there visited Bloxham School for a sports fixture. She loved it and was recruited to introduce girls and to manage the transition to co-ed, including setting up the first girls’ boarding house, rising to deputy head.

Both of her children attended Winchester House, and she was asked to join the board of governors, so approached the headship ‘from a unique...

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Special Education Needs

We provide a broad, inclusive curriculum with all teaching staff recognising the full potential of each child. Support is provided through a variety of methods including extensive in-class support across the classroom range, small group work and individual withdrawal sessions. The school is fortunate in having an occupational therapist on site, a visiting speech and language therapist and an educational psychologist visits the school on a termly basis. Several learning support teachers also teach various aspects of the curriculum eg maths, history, classics. On entry to the school, in addition to a screening process, parents are requested to inform the school of any previous assessments. There are strong home-school links with regular meetings and workshops for parents. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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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