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 What makes us different? Our starting point is your child, discovering their unique interests, developing their skills and gently nurturing and supporting these. Learning support is both for areas of learning that students find challenging, but also to identify areas where students are especially gifted and put our resources behind them chasing these goals.

No child is a finished product and we will help your child to enjoy their education, to feel confident and positive, prepared to have a go, surrounded by teachers who understand their needs and abilities, and approach them with compassion and optimism.

Learning support is for all students, just as Copperfield is a school where students are taught to value creativity, service, community and contribution just as much as personal academic achievement.

We will
support to the hilt the ambitions of our students, wherever they want to go.

Our practice

Homeroom

Homeroom is our schoolwide system of individual pastoral care, inter-year student mixing, providing a chance to set an optimistic tone at the start of each day. 

Thing

Thing is our school assembly. It originated in medieval Scandinavian communities, where disputes would be settled and discussed in a democratic and calm manner. The whole schools meets for Thing on Monday and Friday mornings, to discuss themes, make important announcements, and involve parents in school life.

Pastoral Committee

Our pastoral committee comprises the Headteacher, the Senior Deputy Head, the Deputy Head (Pastoral), the Head of Primary and the Head of Learning Support. It meets fortnightly or more frequently if the members deem it necessary.

We use these sessions to reflect on and learn from our successes and mistakes from the previous week, to discuss managerial and cultural challenges we are facing, and to continue to refine Copperfield's definition of excellent pastoral care and mental health support.

Individual 

Thing is our school assembly. It originated in medieval Scandinavian communities, where disputes would be settled and discussed in a democratic and calm manner. The whole schools meets for Thing on Monday and Friday mornings, to discuss themes, make important announcements, and involve parents in school life.

Each day begins with homeroom

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I oversee learning support at Copperfield, ensuring that every student has an academic plan tailored to their requirements and ambitions. I have developed my approach over years of learning support coordination at both English and Swiss schools, including Aiglon College.

I firmly believe that each student is worthy of support and the belief of the entire faculty at school. I also teaches Maths, English and piano to our primary and secondary students.

Leonardo Ackerman, Deputy Head (Pastoral)

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Our journey

November 2020

Our first teachers join the team, we find a perfect setting at Le Hameau, and our first students sign up for the winter season. 

January 10, 2021

We open our doors for the first time to 30 students and their families. Our teachers deliver lessons on the structure of Pixar's animated stories, the economic factors contributing to the Renaissance, and the essential principles of trigonometry.

19th February 2021

Three new members of staff join to take the team to 13. 

4th March 2021

We become an Authorised World School Candidate to teach the International Baccalaureate PYP and DP.

24th March 2021

We become an approved center for taking IGCSE examinations.

24th March 2021

Dr Hugh McCormick is appointed as Head of International Engagement at Sevenoaks School, one of the world’s foremost schools. 

June 2021

Students sit Copperfield's first IGCSEs in French, German and Maths, with some as young as 12 taking the exams. They would go on to achieve brilliant results later in the summer, with a 90% A*/A ratio.

30th August 2021

We open our doors for our second academic year, and begin teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

16th September 2021

Copperfield is visited by the International Baccalaureate to assess our progress in implementing the Primary Years Programme. We are recommended for a full authorisation by June 2022.

1st October 2021

Copperfield hosts its inaugural 'Copperfield Concert', where world-renowned pianist Moritz Winkelmann plays a child-friendly repertoire including a majestic Beethoven epic to a crowd of 100 at Le Hameau.

20th October 2021

Tony Little, former Head Master at Eton College and Governor of several top schools, including Westminster and Sevenoaks, joins the school as an Independent Advisor to the Board.

Where next?

The International Baccalaureate. A boarding school in Verbier. A world-class creative curriculum centering on music, drama and visual arts. A state-of-the-art science and computing facility. New Copperfield campuses around the world.  

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