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Over our tasty beef curry at lunch, one senior girl stated that 'I want to stay to year 11 because I will miss my friends'; another gave approval to iPad based lessons which are 'quite cool' and to an assembly where the head tucked into a tin of dog food in order to explain that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And then there is chess. Uniquely, in our experience, this has a designated room, the Ruy Lopez Room, named after a 16th century Spanish chess-playing priest. Boards are at the ready: the school’s own chess YouTube channel has over…

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What the school says...

Yateley Manor offers pupils an inspirational educational journey that will prepare them for their chosen senior school and provide them with the tools to build successful adult lives.

Innovative, enthusiastic and committed teachers provide the framework for your child’s educational, cultural and social development. Nurtured in a warm, friendly and safe environment within a unique and supportive family atmosphere, children are given new experiences to explore, building confidence and resilience, stimulating their desire to learn.

A full programme enriches the educational experience giving every child the opportunity to find talents and strengths. Chess is an important part of Yateley Manor’s programme with children learning to play from an early age. There are many activities to try, including modern dance and ballet in the specially equipped Studio and music technology in the Music School. Horse riding, masterchef and photography in art are also very popular. Sport is enhanced by impressive facilities. The profile of drama has recently been increased with a new outdoor stage and masterclasses, along with LAMDA classes which are proving extremely popular.

At the heart of the school is the importance of strong relationships between children and adults. In a community that embraces a breadth of cultures where all relationships are based upon respect, children learn to appreciate the need to be courteous, considerate and to use common sense. They are encouraged to be creative and courageous as they develop into confident individuals, with a strong foundation for a happy and balanced life. Pupils can only achieve this once they have been given the tools and the self-belief.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Robert Upton – an individual in the full bloom of his middle years. Astute, visionary and, as his staff observed ‘a stickler’, he deals with the complexity of headship with the sort of stylish professionalism that is bound to appeal equally to parents and children.

A graduate of the University of Greenwich, where he took a degree in estate management, completing a series of property management placements. Consequently, unlike many school leaders who have spent their lives in the bubble of academia, he has a grasp of the kind of futures that his pupils will encounter and that Yateley Manor parents live. He gradually came to the realisation that a teaching career made more appeal than dealing with mortar, and has gone on to acquire a breadth of...

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Special Education Needs

The role of Yateley Manor School’s Learning Support Department is to identify and support those pupils within the school who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and to ensure that provisions are made to support pupils’ learning and progress as part of a whole school approach to SEND. Parents, staff and pupils are included in all decisions regarding their SEND and the school adopts a person-centred planning approach to ensure that support meets the individual learning needs of each pupil with SEND. Pupil progress and provision is monitored and reviewed by teaching staff and the SENCo. The Learning Support Department will liaise with external support agencies where appropriate and support parents in sign-posting appropriate assessments and SEND needs. Learning support policy is available to view on the school’s website.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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