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It has mostly been independent but spent 30 years in the maintained sector early in the last century. It is possibly this which gives the school a delightful lack of pretension and snobbery, ‘a place where the teachers don’t parade like cockerels, but where they get a remarkable amount out of the girls,’ in the words of one mother. ‘It’s slightly Enid Blyton with cocoa and biscuits at break,’ said another. We found the girls, who arrive in anything from helicopters to old bangers, cheerful, unpretentious and…

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"Success without frills; not trying to prove anything and more inclusive than one might expect given its academic reputation. Has everything you'd look for and more besides. 'Good value for money,' report satisfied parents." The Good Schools Guide

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Since 2021, Jane Evans, previously director of outreach and partnerships (and before that assistant head and sixth form head) at Queen’s College, Taunton. Educated at Bath High School for Girls and King Edwards, Totnes. Degree and PGCE, both from Surrey and both in English and dance. First post was teaching at Guildford High School for Girls, after which she went on to become an examiner and ran departments in both independent and state schools.


Via online verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests to assess potential, plus interview. At sixth form the bar is higher, at five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, with 6s at subjects to be taken at A level. Termly open days and visits by arrangement. Main feeders at year 7 are the prep and local primary schools, at year 9 local preps....

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Special Education Needs

The Skills Development Unit offers support to those pupils with specific learning difficulties. Its primary objectives are to help all pupils with a specific need to access the curriculum most effectively, to fulfil their potential and to experience success, thus enhancing their self-esteem. The primary priciples are to: - Promote a consistency of approach to meeting pupils' special educational needs - To place the pupil at the heart of the process, allowing them to be heard and to take part in decisions about their education. - To work in partnership with parents and to understand that they have unique strengths, knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared view of a pupil's needs and the best ways of supporting them. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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 Y
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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