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Science is very popular, young and dynamic rather than geeky – the worktops in the revamped labs wouldn’t look out of place in a kitchen showroom in Hove. Each sixth former has her own tray of instruments and test-tubes, encouraging responsibility and continuity. The pleasant walk to the courts in St Ann’s Well Garden is enjoyed by tennis players, girls are minibussed to Brighton Swimming Centre to swim, and the fitness studio is hugely popular. Main hall, used for two assemblies each week and performances, has retractable seating – when we visited, a vicar had just given a thoughtful address...

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For Prep School applications your daughter will be invited in for a Taster Day and assessment which is designed to look for potential. We have teacher-led informal assessments for entry into Reception - Year 2 and short assessments for Years 3 - 6 in Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Comprehension.

Entry for the High School is as follows: age 11 - Maths, English & VR; age 12+ - Maths, English, Science and French (if already studied); age 16 - Minimum of 5 A-Cs (including English Language & Maths) with A/Bs in subjects to be pursued; an interview is also included.

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

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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.

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Since 2012, Jennifer Smith MA MEd (50s), in post for the long haul after a series of two-to-three year predecessors. An engaging and sensible Glaswegian, she spent the previous 10 years rising to deputy head at Wilson’s, a state funded selective all boys school in Sutton. She still commutes south from there, her husband goes north to his headship in London. Attracted to her first headship by GDST values. ‘It’s about building resilience in girls’ learning and confidence, while also very important to give value for money. My main aim is for each girl to know that we care for her and about her progress.’

Earlier challenges include five years as a head of English at an all boys grammar in her late 20s (and the first years of GCSEs) and...

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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.

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A careful register is kept of special needs, and individual support clinics are offered, as needed. Teaching staff are advised regularly of developments and special support needed. In the Junior School pupils are supported within the class. In the Senior School there are, or have been, pupils with registered special needs. Some are dyslexic or dyspraxic, others mildly so. There are, or have been, pupils with hearing or visual difficulties, and others with motor difficulties of various kinds. No current pupils have EFL requirements.

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