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A grounded and sunny school with all the nurture afforded by its small size and, thanks to its proximity and links to the senior school, all the facilities and advantages of a large one. Classes are dynamic and memorable. ‘The girls are encouraged to go off on a tangent with subjects they particularly enjoy. We want to move away from spoon feeding.’ Sats were abandoned long ago; ‘They depress everybody.' Playground rules are taken seriously...

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Head of infant school and girls' junior school

Mrs Chrissy Howard, previously deputy head (curriculum). She joined Bury Grammar in 2004, progressing to the role of assistant head of the boys' junior school in 2013, and then becoming its acting head in 2014/15.


Entrance into the co-ed nursery and pre-school at 3-4 years to become Fledglings or Cygnets (following the swan emblem of Bury Grammar). Children are invited to an assessment half day, ‘warm and friendly,’ say parents, ‘not at all daunting’. Looking for ‘children who want to engage with life and learning … a sparkle in the eye,’ but they don’t turn many away and if they feel the child is not ready they will suggest a reassessment in six months. An extra class is added to infant school at reception and admission is similar,...

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