We aim to both consider and respect the learning needs of all pupils in the Junior School, tailoring lessons accordingly.
Having the right systems in place makes all the difference. Pupils with identified learning needs are supported through small group or one-to-one teaching, with termly reports to parents on progress.
Individual assessments are completed to identify specific needs and referrals made to outside agencies where a higher level of concern is identified.
All new entrants to Junior School are screened for dyslexia using an online screening tool. Interventions are available to support learning in English and Maths.
Social, emotional and behavioural development is supported through the use of the Thrive Programme, which supports pupils who have been identified with social, emotional or behavioural needs.
Entrance scholarships and exhibitions offer a prize to top performers in the entrance assessments and examinations taken in January. These prizes are presented to new pupils at Speech Day in the September of entry. They are awarded at 7+ (Year 3), 11+ (Year 7) and 13+ (Year 9).
13+ and Sixth Form music scholarships and exhibitions are available to both internal and external candidates who have satisfied the school’s academic requirements for entry. Parents who wish their child to be considered for a music award must complete an application form available from the Admissions and Marketing office.
Bursaries are means-tested awards based on parental circumstances and are awarded on an annual basis. They are available to external candidates who meet the school’s academic entry requirement and whose parents could not afford to send their child to Exeter School without financial assistance.
The financial support available through the school’s bursary programme is very limited and applications must be supported by a full, written, verified statement of financial circumstances. Parents who wish their child to be considered for a bursary should make an application by completing a bursary application form, available from the Registrar, once they have confirmed their child is a candidate for the coming year, the child has been registered and the registration fee paid.
All applications for support for the year 2020/21 must be received by 5 January 2021. The assessment process will include a home visit. As a general guide, gross parental income will need to be below £60,000 p.a. to allow consideration for a bursary.
Free Places – As part of its bursary programme, Exeter School is able to offer up to eight free places in the Senior School and Sixth Form as a result of donations and legacies from former pupils and grants from a local charity.
The Foundation Bursaries, funded from alumni legacies and gifts, will offer free places to up to three pupils entering the school at 11+ (Year 7).
The St John’s Hospital Educational Foundation grant will offer up to three full bursaries for Sixth Form entry.
The George Williams Bursaries will offer up to two free places to study the Sciences at Sixth Form. These bursaries have been made possible by a generous bequest and continuing donations from the estate of a deceased former pupil.
The generosity of our alumni and others with connections to the school is central to our being able to provide the large amount of support we can give to bright children from families in modest circumstances: families who would otherwise be unable to take advantage of our splendid facilities and first-class education.
There is no typical Exeter School boy or girl: we celebrate the fact that our children’s characters, talents and interests span a wide range. Perhaps your daughter is committed to her future in medicine, or as an engineer, or your son is a budding musician or linguist? More likely, your child has no idea yet where their path in life might take them. Our job is to open their eyes to the myriad opportunities that exist for them, and help them to explore their interests and passions. We challenge them to try new things, go beyond their comfort zone, and find out what they can achieve. We help them to discover what they love and what they are good at, expertly supported by our excellent, committed staff team, to be ready for the challenges of life beyond school, when it is time to move on to university.
Exeter School is very proud of our fantastic facilities and our dynamic, innovative approach. Whilst infrastructure and technology is not everything, these are crucial aspects to support pupils as their learn together. Collaboration is a key feature of an Exeter education, with all pupils, at all ages and stages, girls and boys, working together in our co-educational environment. So that your daughter is just as likely as your son to excel on the sports field, in the Choral Society, and in her outdoor pursuits.
I hope that you will be tempted to find out more about our wonderful school, to visit and to meet us in person. And I hope to meet you soon.