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

2020. Sat. 7th March.

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2018/2019. Boarding:(all years) £10760 per term. Day: £7265 per term. Temporary/occasional boarding: £50 per night. Discount for siblings and HM Forces.

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


ISI Inspection 2018
ISI Boarding Inspection 2013

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Mark Birkbeck

Contact for enquiries: Mandy Martin,

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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France came to Slindon College, with a whole day dedicated to an array of exciting activities, all with a unique French twist! Following the enormous

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success of our previous whole school event days: our Science ‘Moon Day,’ our Maths ‘Pi Day’ and of course our traditional English ‘World Book Day,’ today saw our first Modern Foreign Language Day. The students arrived in home clothes, mirroring the casual dress code of French schools, and in their Houses, took part in the following tasks:

Drame à l’hôpital!

Led by Mr Glyn Bentley-Angell (Drama), Miss Sandy Monk (Primary) and Miss Elodie Grabe (SaLT), the students played a variety of Drama games centred around the parts of the body! Using some important French phrases, they began to learn to say what parts of their bodies were in pain! All members of the school joined in and had a go, with most even showing their French role plays to the whole group! Well done in particular to Owen Copleston who won just about every game! C’est Super!  

Mathématiques et les Monuments!

Led by Mrs Teresa Miles (Maths), the students applied French to their Maths skills. The students learnt to count and plot points in French, creating incredible line drawings of famous French monuments such as Le Tour Eiffel and L’arc de Triomphe! They also learnt about some French Mathematicians!

J’adore le Sport!

Led by Mr Tom Belcher (PE) and Mr Will Quick (Humanities), the students battled the elements, indoors and out as they attempted an array of popular French sports, featuring Basketball, Bowling, orienteering and many more!

Art de France!

Led by Mrs Joanne Middleton and Mr Peter Saysell (Art & Graphics), the boys took a glance at the famous French artists, the students created their own unique pieces using a range of materials! These inspiring pieces were then presented to the school, and impartial students from each house chose the winning pieces! Well done to Ben Simons, Patrick Bridger, Leyton Partridge and Ben Randall for their wins!

As part of the day, the students and staff also sampled French cuisine at lunch time with a special menu made by our chefs! Such an exciting day for all! Well done to all the students for their efforts, and of course our wonderful staff for organising such a great event!

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At Slindon College, we take part in Greenpower! Inspiring young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through a unique challenge: to

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design, build and race an electric car.

This year sees our incredible Greenpower Team qualify for the International Greenpower Final! Over 260 cars have taken part in Greenpower events all over the UK this season, and only the top 90 cars can qualify for the International Final. Slindon College’s Greenpower electric car finished in 26th position in the qualification table.

The International Greenpower Final this year is taking place at the home of British motor racing at Silverstone on Thursday 17th October. This year is the 20th Anniversary of Greenpower, and teams from all over the UK and Europe will be taking part.

Well done to all the staff and pupils in Slindon College’s Greenpower team for qualifying for the International final! Go Slindon College’s Greenpower Team!!

Paul van Veggelthe CEO of Greenpower and trustee Vaughan Clarke recently brought a group of visitors to the College to see our incredible Greenpower activities! The group were amazed and impressed by how the College runs Greenpower; and as part of the visit they met with the Headmaster Mr Mark Birkbeck and were given a tour of our Greenpower Facilities by Mr Paul Burbidge, who leads the project at the College.

The team recently entered the Dunsfold Park heat of the challenge. With free entry, and a fun day out for all the family, our team raced its two F24 cars ‘Stealth’ and ‘Relentless.’ The famous Dunsfold Park is widely known in the UK for being the home of the popular BBC TV program ‘Top Gear!’ Out of over 75 cars, ‘Relentless’ achieved 9th place in its first race and 8th place in its second. Our older car, ‘Stealth’ also did well. The College boarders visited us and many parents attended this enjoyable day too!

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity with an outstanding track record in kick starting careers in engineering. They help unlock potential and spark enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the excitement of motorsport.

Slindon College students compete at Greenpower events in the UK, including nearby Goodwood Motor Circuit. The annual International Final takes place each year at a top UK motor racing circuit.

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Our Drama students take a look backstage

As part of a Drama & Career cross over lesson, the LAMDA Drama group put aside practising their exam

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pieces today and visited the Performing Arts Centre at Chichester College. They met the hard working Stage Management Team and got an inside look into the busy world backstage at a show!

Most importantly, they also got to see a fabulous production of “Alice in Wonderland” and pick up some tips for their acting pieces! A very useful, practical and informative day!

Boarding students at Slindon College are able to practice their backstage skills every Wednesday at Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, click here to find out more!

This was organised by Mrs Miles (Careers) and Mr Bentley-Angell (Drama).

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We strive to create the perfect learning environment!

At Slindon College we are constantly updating and revamping our surroundings, so we can provide the best learning

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environment for our students.

Take a peek at our new Horticulture Centre! Now our students are in the heart of our stunning National Trust grounds, situated within our farmyard, with views of our donkeys, alpacas and vegetable patches!

The perfect learning environment for one of our most popular subjects!

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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!”

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