|Belvoir Road, Bideford Bideford|
Grenville College is situated on the edge of Bideford, a charming North Devon market town beside the River Torridge, and within easy reach of the breathtaking beaches, rolling countryside, wild moorland and historic towns and villages that make Devon an international tourist destination.
For more details about local hotels and travel information, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Caroline Bailey on 01237 472212
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or www.visitssouthwest.co.uk The school itself is just off the main A39 between Barnstaple and Bude. After crossing the new high level Torridge Bridge, continue across the Bideford roundabout. After about a mile and a half, turn right at “The Big Sheep” farm attraction [signposted Abbotsham].
Turn right at the T-junction towards Bideford.
Grenville College Junior School is on your right.
For the College Senior School, continue for about a mile and turn left into Belvoir Road at the first traffic lights. The College provides a bus service for pupils living in most of the towns and villages in the area, including Ilfracombe, South Molton, Bude, Hartland, Clovelly, Barnstaple, Braunton, Chivenor and Holsworthy.
There are three boarding houses at Grenville, each well-equipped to meet social and domestic needs, each with its own “extended family” atmosphere based on well-ordered daily routines and good relationships.
Younger pupils share working and sleeping areas, enabling them to make friends and feel at home quickly and easily; as they move up the School, they progress to single studies.
At weekends, a wide variety of activities are arranged, including sports fixtures, clubs, shopping trips, visits to local tourist attractions, tenpin bowling, swimming and horse-riding.
On Sunday mornings, the School Chaplain leads a Chapel Service.
Among Grenville’s boarders, we are always happy to welcome pupils from overseas, who bring valuable new ideas and perspectives to the school. We recognise that coming to grips not just with a new school but also a new country and culture can be a daunting challenge. The school seeks to ease the process through its pastoral care and student tutorial system.
The Dyslexia Department is housed in its own building with full time staff attached to it. Teaching is usually carried out in small groups of fewer than ten pupils.
Most dyslexic pupils come to the department for ten lessons per week. During this time they will receive tuition to improve their literacy skills and will also have their mainstream English lessons. GCSE English is taught in small groups within the department.
In the sixth form, attendance at the department is voluntary, but up to six lessons are timetabled per week so that students can take advantage of the learning support available. Sixth formers can also use the department's well-equipped computer room and quiet rooms for private study.
A carefully structured, sequential and thorough phonically-based programme using multi-sensory techniques is employed to improve literacy skills. Computers are used alongside traditional teaching methods.
Mainstream English is taught in small groups so that the literacy skills learnt are put into practice in a sympathetic environment and at a pace that the dyslexic child can follow.
It is usual for the pupil to keep the same teacher throughout. In this way, the Department teacher can act as a trusted friend and counsellor giving valuable help and advice.
Care in the School
Dyslexic pupils are fully integrated for all lessons other than those provided in the department. Everyone follows a full programme of GCSE study, in which academic subjects can be combined with more practical choices to match the pupil's own strengths. Dyslexic pupils at Grenville achieve a high pass rate at GCSE, (grade C or above), A level and other vocational courses. The School has a strong sporting tradition and a range of clubs and societies in which dyslexic pupils play a full part. The pastoral system, involving small tutor groups, provides support and guidance. The Dyslexia Department also produces its own newsletter entitled 'Grenville's Revenge'. If you’d like a copy, please ask when you contact the College.
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