Slindon College

West Sussex

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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Boys
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 85 (Boys) 0 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 8 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1973

General Information

Slindon College is an independent specialist boarding and day school for boys.  It is a Centre of Excellence for a variety of special educational needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, AD(H)D and ASD. There is a high staff:pupil ratio and a strong emphasis on pastoral care. Boarders and day boys alike enjoy a wide range of sport and activities.


We are a category DU (Dyslexia Unit) school with CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexics) accreditation.

We teach around 75 to 90 boys in small classes – there are between 5 and 12 boys per class and we bring the best out of each boy by adapting our teaching styles to suit them. Our 1:5 teacher to pupil ratio, with Learning Support Assistants in most classes, means students are given the individual attention they need when they need it.

Facilities are excellent and include a Design Centre, horticulture department, Food technology room, IT suite, Science labs, heated swimming pool, floodlit hardcourt, extensive playing fields, fitness room and small farmyard.

Entrance Requirements

Interview and previous school reports.


Some bursaries are available.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2017/2018. Boarding:(all years) £10445 per term. Day: £7053 per term. Temporary/occasional boarding: £40 per night. Discount for siblings and HM Forces.

Interventions: SaLT, OT, WAVE 3, SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), each £1135 per term.


Ofsted Boarding Inspection 2009
ISI Inspection 2009

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Acting Head: Mr Barry McMahon

Contact for enquiries: Mandy Martin, School Secretary

Slindon College
West Sussex
BN18 0RH

[t]: 01243 814320
[f]: 01243 814702

Location Description

We are in a beautiful parkland setting on the Slindon Estate at the foot of the West Sussex South Downs, a few miles from the city of Chichester, with uninterrupted views to the coast.

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School News

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Slindon’s Greenpower team achieved 2nd place in the Greenpower F24+ Championship at Rockingham speedway circuit in Corby at the weekend.  They were up against a

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field of 30 vehicles including the Jaguar/Landrover team.  Their vehicle “Lightening 1” was driven by Sixth former, Charlie Barton with the help of his chief mechanic and “pit man” Dominic Wilshere.

Paul Burbidge, Head of Greenpower at Slindon said “this is an outstanding result and truly reflects all the hard work, dedication and commitment of all our team members, pupils, staff and parents alike.  We have been participating in Greenpower events since it’s formation and have gone from strength to strength.  To achieve a podium finish in the international final is a great achievement for us”.

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Students from the Creative Arts Department at Slindon presented a dazzling showcase of their diverse and highly talented work this week. This involved work from

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pupils across all art disciplines and year groups. The work included Year 7 Textiles in the form of Lino Cushion Covers along with watercolour painting, Year 8 Distorted Self-Portrait drawings and Year 9 3D Dazzleboats. The Upper School presented work of Year 10 Graphics students and Year 11 and A level textile, graphics, photography and DT. David Quick, Headmaster said “The work produced was truly spectacular and illustrated the very high standards attained by the creative minds of our pupils. Our GCSE and A level results within the Creative Arts faculty are expected to be of the highest standard yet again this year.”

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An exhibition recently held at Arundel Museum featured work from the pupils at Slindon College. The exhibition focussed on creativity and expression and showcased a

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selection of high quality work produced from the lower school, GCSE and A level pupils.

The school specialises in supporting boys with additional educational needs such as dyslexia, AD(H)D, and mild ASD and the whole school ethos is to allow freedom of expression, explore possibilities, and most importantly encourage the boys to develop their self-esteem and promote this exploration in a safe and nurturing manner. The pupils were delighted to see their individual work as a collection on display in a professional environment. Suzanne Evans, Education Officer at the Museum said “ I am amazed by the very high standard of work produced by the students – it is truly inspirational”

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At Goodwood Slindon College’s team took part in the Greenpower Final in our latest car “Jet”.

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We were delighted to welcome two new residents to the school recently.

Thirteen week old weaner piglets Margot (a British All-Black) and Barbara (a Berkshire) are

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now enjoying the The Good Life at Slindon!

Photo: Barbara







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Year 9 Drama and Textiles pupils have been working on a Film Making project.

This included a visit from Bex Landsberger who came to teach them

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how to apply gory stage make-up!


They were also lucky enough to visit the movie set of the Harry Potter films.

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Slindon College independent day and boarding school West Sussex

Slindon College has won a Good Schools Guide Award for students taking Textiles at GCSE. The Good Schools Guide contains over 1300 good

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schools across both the independent and state sectors. Slindon College has been presented with this award for out-performing all other English schools in its category. The prestigious annual awards, which are now in their 10th year, are based upon detailed analysis of the most recent examination results and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching.

David Quick, Headmaster said “We are delighted to be acknowledged in this way for our excellence in Textiles. This is a very proud moment for Slindon College and it will inspire and encourage all pupils who are working towards their Textiles GCSE in the future.”
Ralph Lucas, editor of the Good Schools Guide, comments “Our annual awards scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellence in teaching in every area and gives individual teachers and departments the recognition they deserve.”

Photo: Mrs French (textiles teacher) with pupils

Mrs Helen Westbrook visited Slindon College on her 80th Birthday on Friday 6th May, exactly 76 years since she celebrated her 4th birthday there.

In 1940,

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Slindon College was used a convalescent home for children, many with TB, but Helen was sent there from the East End as “she was not thriving”.  In her doctor’s opinion she was too small, too thin, and didn’t eat or sleep.  Therefore a billet in the country with the fresh sea air on the south coast  was prescribed.  Helen was just three years old when she was deposited at Slindon and spent over three months building up her strength.  She did, in fact, put on the grand total of one pound during that period!

Helen was brought down to Slindon by her son Ian and her daughter Caroline and was met by Jenny Davies, the Registrar of Slindon College and Mark Wardle, National Trust Warden.  After coffee and birthday cake on the lawns of the school she was presented with a bouquet of birthday flowers and then enjoyed a tour of the school and site where she recollected many memories, not least of being dressed up in heavy woollen layers every morning and being despatched outside in the fresh air to play.  Helen also recalled every Sunday being taken to the entry gates to await the “visitors”.  Sadly, hers never came.  However, Violet, Lady Beaumont, of Slindon House soon took Helen under her wing and became a great support to her.  Helen brought with her a number of letters that had been exchanged between her and Lady Beaumont after she had returned to the East End along with an original unused box of embroidered children’s handkerchiefs depicting tales of Dick Whittington,  that Lady Beaumont had sent as a birthday gift to her “dear little Helen”.

Helen was then taken on a one-hour drive of the Slindon National Park Estate to see the bluebells – evoking another vivid memory of her time in the country.

Helen said “Thank you all for making my visit so very special;  I have wanted to visit Slindon House again for a very long time.  I shall treasure the memories of the day,  together with the photographs and the wonderful bouquet of flowers”.


At Slindon College “the academic curriculum is excellent and particularly well suited to the needs of the pupils, placing a strong focus on literacy and

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numeracy while offering a wide range of creative and practical subjects” according to the Independent School Inspection Team.  The report’s main findings also confirmed the school’s excellent relationship between pupils and staff, the excellent development of the pupils’ personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural areas, and the excellent contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety.  The report highlighted the curriculum for pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) as “one of the strengths of the school”

David Quick, Headmaster said “We can all be very proud of this inspection report which upholds our many strengths as a school and acknowledges our rapid progress in many areas.  I would like to congratulate my entire team for their tireless efforts and support and our parents and pupils for their honest and helpful feedback to the inspection team.  I am delighted that we are rapidly working through our Development Plan to address recommendations for even further improvements.

Parents reaction to the report have been amazing and include “Although I never had any doubt about Slindon being the right school for my son, it is very interesting to read a detailed and glowing review about the school’s achievements” and “this report makes excellent reading and is a credit to everyone at Slindon”

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).  The full report can be found at


World War 2 Veteran, Denis Hosgood, had Slindon College pupils completely enthralled by his memories of real-life danger, near-misses, deep friendships and human compassion on

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both sides of the War.

Denis was thirteen years old when war broke out.  He left school when he was fourteen to work in a factory that made submarine detectors and by the time he was fifteen, determined to do something to be part of the war effort, he had joined the Home Guard. Finally, Denis was accepted for Primary Training in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders as an Infantryman.  He was soon at the Front, seeing action whilst fighting during the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of Le Havre when he suffered a severe head wound, with shrapnel lodging in his jaw.  The German POWs got help for him and their swift action probably helped to save his life.

Denis was sent back to Cardiff, Wales for hospital treatment and during the flight home the nurse  propped  him up so that he could see the white cliffs of Dover and know for sure that he was back in ‘Blighty’.

Subsequently, Denis served in India and Japan, visiting Hiro and seeing the impact of the Allied bombing on Hiroshima.  Denis is now 89, but the memory of his experiences and the people he met and served with remains as fresh and powerful as when he set out as a young man to do his bit to protect his country.

Pupils had the opportunity to ask Denis searching questions about what day to day life and conditions had been like on the Front.  They were moved by his stories of hand-to-hand combat with bayonets and once, in disbelief, having to dodge ‘stonking’ by their own artillery who were firing on British soldiers by mistake.  They were interested to hear in detail about the weapons and tanks used and the medals and commendations that Denis had earned.

Mrs Hopkins, our Business and Community Liaison Manager who arranged this event said, “our heartfelt thanks go to Denis for bringing his memories alive for our pupils who have already studied  ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and ‘The Machine Gunners’ but nothing can compare with hearing about the war from someone who was actively involved”.

The students of Slindon College defeated their individual learning challenges recently, performing in the school’s first ever production – Pinocchio.
The performance was in the style

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of a promenade which utilised the stunning school grounds, with views to the sea from the sweeping lawn and the manor house. The audience followed the cast, featuring among others, Pinocchio, the crafty cat and the fox on their adventures as they visited several locations, met with bandits in the Inn, wizards in the forest, visited The Field of Miracles and were finally swallowed by a whale. The pupils also utilised the school’s farmyard where they were transformed into real life donkeys!
The pupils juxtaposed a mixture of dramatic techniques, using naturalism with elements of physical theatre. Mr Glyn Angell, producer of the play said “This proved to be an incredible experience for our boys, many of whom have never acted in a school play before. After hours of rehearsals I was very proud of the high standard of the final performance, the support of the large audience, and grateful that we had a beautiful sunny evening, too!”

The Slindon College Greenpower Team were delighted to achieve 16th place in the Greenpower International Final, at Rockingham Motor Speedway Circuit on Sunday 11th October.

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In a field of 75 vehicles from Poland to the USA, their car “Relentless” lived up to its name and did the team proud.
Mr Paul Burbidge, Head of Design Technology at the College said “our team worked very hard throughout the year to enable us to achieve such a good result in what was a very competitive field. Last year we finished in 42nd place so to achieve 16th this year was a tribute to the team’s commitment and hard work.”

Photo L to R: Jaz Still (Year 9); Alfie King (Year 12); James Wane (Year 11); David Quick (Headmaster); Charlie Barton – driver (Year 12).

Slindon was delighted recently to welcome two rather special entrants – Cuthbert and
Rupert, the Alpaca brothers.
Cuthbert and Rupert are now well established in their

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own paddock next to their new neighbours,
Norman and Loopy the College’s donkeys.
Mrs Sargeant, Head of Land Based Studies said “This is a delightful edition to our animal kingdom
and we are looking forward to training the Alpacas to the lead so the pupils can take them for
walks around our extensive grounds. They are sociable and intelligent animals and should thrive
in the environment we are providing. We have built them a very sturdy weatherproof shelter
within their paddock and so far they have settled in extremely well.”

The Independent Schools Association has awarded Slindon College an accolade for its Sixth Form provision. 

The satisfaction and pride felt by the pupils,

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their families and the staff on GCSE results day has always underpinned the schools success rate at choosing appropriate post-16 courses and colleges.  Yet, every year a few boys just are just not ready to leave and cope with a large school or college.  And so, despite small numbers,  initially, they have opened a specialist bespoke Sixth Form.

Academically, the school excels at creative subjects.  GCSE art, graphics and photography having outstanding results every year.  The science department is also a major success, consistently achieving excellent results in BTEC and GCSE sciences.  It was therefore decided to use these two departments as the basis of SAVI – science and arts sixth form.

Slindon’s track record of outstanding pastoral care, support and guidance allows all pupils to achieve their aspirations in a supportive environment.  The  sixth form tutors work with each pupil and their family to enable the best possible choices to be made for both personal and academic growth.  Their experience and expertise have led to 100% of  year 13 pupils  successfully gaining places in universities and colleges.

SAVI  is designed to inspire, challenge and provide good progression routes for all  pupils regardless of their learning difficulties. They offer qualifications and support that starts them on the road to a successful and rewarding working life.

None of this is unusual, until you realise that each pupil has a completely personalised and structured study programme designed and co-ordinated by the sixth form tutors.  They currently offer  15 BTEC level 2 and 3 AS/A Level courses in creative and STEM subjects.  Specialist teachers deliver IGCSEs, GCSEs and functional skills in English and maths to the sixth formers only.

Mrs Jane Mason, Sixth Form tutor said “ I am immensely proud of our Sixth Form achievements;  the level of support we provide ensures success to those who would simply lose their way in a mainstream environment.  To quote Albert Einstein “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible!””

Pupils and staff at Slindon College were treated to an exceptional presentation from Ian Glover a member of the Bloodhound World Land

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Speed Record Attempt team.

During an exciting presentation Ian explained that the team hoped to beat the current land speed record of 763mph achieved in 1997 with their previous supersonic car “Thrust”.  Bloodhound SSC hopes to achieve 1000mph  in South Africa at the World Land Speed Record attempt in 2015.

Ian has visited a number of schools with this presentation and carries with him a poster of Bloodhound which is signed by the Headteacher of each school he visits.

Ian Graham, Headmaster of Slindon College said “This was an amazing and exciting visual presentation that had the audience on the edge of their seats.  The Bloodhound education programme mission is to inspire future generations to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths, by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible to schools.  Ian’s presentation certainly achieved this and I would thoroughly recommend it.”

Schools can register on their website and receive two free A1 posters and regular Project updates via email.

Photo:  Ian Graham, Headmaster of Slindon College(Right) signs the Bloodhound poster for Ian Glover, Bloodhound SSC team.



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