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Very small class sizes, average 10, never more than 14 and just four in the scholarship class we visited – having fun with the Kubla Khan. Fairly holistic approach to teaching as staff tie in topics across subject areas, so that talk of battlefields in history will link to their locations in geography. Staff more like synchronised swimmers...

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A family-run school where manners matter and success is celebrated. 100 boys in 10 forms enjoy 30 acres of unspoilt Surrey countryside. Just 40 minutes from Central London near J3 of the M3. An exceptional learning environment for Boarders and Day Boys alike.

The Headmaster's awards morning takes place in March where Scholarship and Bursary candidates are assessed. ...Read more

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Since September 2016, David Paterson, brother of proprietor and ex-head Nick, and previously deputy head. Born and educated at Woodcote he returned in 1992 with his young family after a career in the City. Joined as head of mathematics and became deputy head to his brother Nick Paterson in 2000. Woodcote is a real family affair with Nick Paterson still teaching English and Spanish, and Nick’s son Oliver Paterson teaching maths and Spanish.


Places offered following internal assessment test in VR and NVR and interview with the headmaster. No linked schools or significant feeders. (‘Wish there was a pre-prep,' said one mother). All quite laid back. Non-selective, but will want to meet you and your son to ensure school and boy will suit each other. Some boys will have been on a list since birth,...

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Special Education Needs

Woodcote has a fully qualified and very experienced Special Needs Teacher who can deal with a variety of problems. She comes in four days per week and at present takes about 15% of boys for anything between one and four sessions per week, sometimes on their own, sometimes in small groups. She is very much considered part of the full-time staff, and briefs the mainstream teachers at weekly staff meetings as to the best way to help individuals in their lessons. She is in regular contact with all the parents of boys she teaches, either in person or by telephone, and liaises closely with the Educational Psychologist the school recommends if formal reports are required. In addition, boys who do not study Latin (about 25% of the school) are given one extra session per week in each of Maths, English and Science. In one or two cases boys are also excused French and can have individual SEN lessons arranged. Nov 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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