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When the music died down, the girls got to work putting their new-found knowledge to work on a Japanese bookmarker (with a bit of macrame thrown in); or even combining science and Japanese in the building of bee-houses (yes, we were intrigued as well…); or, if Elizabethan English is more your thing, try the mouth-watering Shakespeare takeaway: 'I’ll have a stuffed pig's bladder with onions and a side order of…gooseberry foole please, and make it snappy!' And all this before the school day even starts…

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: Age 11 - Maths, VR & non-VR.
Age 16 - The minimum academic requirements for entry of Applicants into the Sixth Form is four GCSE passes at grades A*/A plus two GCSE B grades. A*/A at GCSE are required in the subjects to be studied at AS/A2 level. For specific subjects see the Sixth Form Prospectus. All girls entering the sixth form will be required to have passed GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at a minimum of grade B (or an equivalent qualification recognised for tertiary education in the UK which will allow them to communicate effectively in spoken and written English and to understand spoken and written English without difficulty). Read with subject-specific requirements ...Read more

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Executive headteacher

Since 2014, Stephanie Gill (40s), born here in the north west, has two daughters. Formerly deputy head at West Kirby Grammar on the Wirral (previous pupil); has experience of both state and independent school sectors. Read natural sciences at Cambridge, though describes herself as a mathematician. Had a spell working in the civil service 'just to check' before moving into education. Relaxes with Argentinean tango and salsa dancing. Bright, blonde and bold, she exudes a quiet yet determined ambition for the girls in her care; she has a lot of high expectations to manage here, but seems unfazed by the challenge. Describing her staff as 'able and committed’ - there is nowhere to hide with plenty of school-led high quality professional development going on in this dynamic school.


Entrance exam (verbal and non-verbal reasoning...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
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
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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Who came from where

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