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Head unapologetic about the fast pace of the school and openly urges prospective parents to ‘choose carefully’ when they are selecting their daughter’s school, although parents told us there is ‘definitely give and take’ once girls are in situ...

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A high achieving academic school we have Visual Arts and Mathematics and Computing Specialist status and national accreditation as a training school for the De Bono thinking skills. We are accredited by Exeter University as a 'Thinking School' and have held the Charter Mark and Investors in People for 14 years. We have ArtsMark Gold. We have the Religious Studies Gold Quality Mark and the Geography Secondary School Quality Mark. We are a Beacon School for Holocaust Education

Girls work in a challenging and supportive environment and are expected to fulfil their potential. A wide variety of extended curricular activities is available. There is a close working partnership with Watford Boys Grammar School particularly in the large Sixth Form of 400 girls.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (Level1/2 certificates)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Music at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Special Education Needs

We maintain a register of more able pupils and one for gifted and talented pupils so that teachers are able to plan differentiated and extension activities. The school has a learning support register with approximately 50 girls, the majority of whom have mild or very mild learning disorders of the dyslexic kind. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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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