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Reception class is delightful; play is integrated with learning, with an outside area for growing vegetables, a mud kitchen, a shed ‘garden centre’ and ‘farm shop’. Year 1 was hearing about zebra stripes being unique like a fingerprint, when we visited. One older infant class was learning about oceans, another about fractions (by doling out marshmallows). New rigorous systems tracking academic progress with targets for each pupil. Parents welcomed this... 

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Curricula

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

Other features

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.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since September 2020, Nicola Smillie, previously head at St Martin’s School, Solihull. A Hispanic studies and French graduate, she is also an ISI inspector and has worked across various GSA schools including Westholme School, Blackburn.

Entrance

Most enter the junior school as early years pupils without assessment. Those entering from year 3 have a short assessment in maths and English.

Virtually all junior school pupils move up to the senior school; teachers say they ‘take it in their stride’. One parent felt - and she perceived this as a positive - that there was now a sense of uncertainty around the 11+ exam as to whether all pupils would ‘get through’, which she thought was indicative of greater emphasis on the academic. Nearly half of year 7 comes from outside, the rest...

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