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Younger girls seen skipping about chatting and hopping, older girls seem calm and happy. 'We’d notice someone walking round with her head down (or her nose up) straight away.' The atmosphere is calm and relaxed but with an underlying energy...

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Malvern St James is a leading independent boarding and day school for girls aged 418 set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Malvern Hills.

The School focus is on inspiring teaching to deliver excellent academic results; and equally on encouraging intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, considered risk-taking and collaboration that universities and employers will value. The enrichment programme is as long as it is broad, and has something to fire the imagination of every individual: clubs for budding engineers and scientists, extracurricular languages, drama, music, Leiths, journalism, photography, sport of every kind, Young Enterprise, Debating and Model United Nations … to name but a few.

First class pastoral support creates a happy and friendly community, relaxed yet purposeful, with a real sense of family. The diverse list of graduate courses at the most prestigious institutions and the competitive career paths that girls go on to is testament to MSJ’s culture of ambition and achievement.

With a roughly equal number of day girls and boarders, the School is able to offer the best of both worlds and a very flexible boarding programme. Full, weekly and flexi boarding options are offered, designed to meet the needs of modern family lives. A central position in the town of Great Malvern, situated in the heart of England, gives access to excellent transport links and cultural opportunities all around the UK, including a direct train service from London.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Food Technology at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

Other features

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Younger girls seen skipping about chatting and hopping, older girls seem calm and happy. 'We’d notice someone walking round with her head down (or her nose up) straight away.' The atmosphere is calm and relaxed but with an underlying energy and a sense...


Since September 2016, Mrs Olivera Raraty BA PGCE, previously deputy head academic at Notting Hill and Ealing High. History degree from Leeds and PGCE from London University; began her teaching career at Francis Holland NW1. Has taught history and politics at both day and boarding schools, including a long stint at Wycombe Abbey, where her posts included head of department, head of year and assistant director of studies. Married with two daughters; enjoys baking and hill walking.

Academic Matters

Respectable results both at GCSE and A level. At A level in 2016, 65 per cent...

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Special Education Needs

There is an established process, according to the school SEN policy, of identification and provision for those with special needs, and a system of continuous assessment thereafter. Detailed assessments for special arrangements in examinations are carried out each year for those who need them. The support staff includes a part-time dyslexia specialist and 4 part-time EAL specialists. The added support is reflected in the excellent grades most of these pupils achieve at both GCSE and A level. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
Not Applicable
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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