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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language at an English Independent School (Cambridge International Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)


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

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Since September 2016, Helen Jeys BA (Durham), PGCE (Cambridge), previously deputy head at Manchester High for Girls. Visiting in the third term of her first academic year, we were blown away by the energising gusts of positive change sweeping through the school’s corridors. Nothing to discompose existing pupils or parents, but nevertheless a deceptively strong current which looks set to take this school to a completely new level academically.

Her vision is not for any clichéd ‘off the peg’ hothouse, though. No, she wants something altogether more bespoke: a school which places well-being (about which she is passionate) at its centre, allowing girls to flourish and follow those ascendant academic pathways which she is laying down at remarkable speed.

How is she doing this? Well, she...

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