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Every lesson we observed involved happy girls and teachers. We were welcomed with open arms and chatted to by all, particularly the year 6 art class who couldn’t wait to show us their work. Girls are a bit of a revelation: genuinely nice with no airs and graces, or pretensions, which is a joy to see.  Happy, confident, chatty, open and friendly.  But all very ambitious for themselves and their peers.  Feminists in the true sense of the word, they will…

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: 11 - Maths, English & VR including an interview. 16 - Minimum of 5 A-Cs including an interview.

No past papers given.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since 2013, Alan Whelpdale (50s). History degree, the first from his family to attend university. From Yorkshire and humble beginnings. ‘I quickly realised that succeeding at school was my ticket out of Barnsley.’ A keen tennis and badminton player. Decided to teach when helping sixth formers at a local school in his final year at uni. Stayed in Bangor to do his PGCE. Taught in the state sector, mixed and boys, before moving to a girls’ grammar in London. ‘I liked teaching the more able children as it was a challenge to really stretch them.’ Left London for Durham High, then to Farnborough Hill before returning to Durham High as deputy head. Was acting head for three terms and they asked him to apply to be head twice. ‘I turned it down as I...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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