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Bright and breezy teaching moves at a brisk, imaginative pace. We watched girls create a ‘storm’ using a variety of sounds, for example, for a lesson on weather. In another class, a dinosaur egg had landed in the classroom, ready for exploration and discussion. Not as pushy as other schools in the area, reckon parents. ‘They make sure they enjoy the work and find ways to engage them – one of mine got an award for listening carefully and speaking well on the online class and she’s thrilled,’ said one. A fundamental aspect of the school’s approach is…

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What the school says...

Girls begin their special Channing journey at the Junior School where there is a great sense of community and every girl is valued as an individual.
Our dedicated staff provide a stimulating and creative learning experience in a nurturing environment, so that all of the girls flourish and reach their full potential.
Consequently, they are happy, engaged and motivated to do their best, as they learn to be independent thinkers and learners, attributes that instil a love of learning and inspire curiosity of the world around them.
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Head of the Junior School

Since September 2018, Dina Hamalis (40s), previously academic director of Sarum Hall. She has a degree in education, specialising in English and history, and spent five years at St Albans High Prep where she became English coordinator, moving to Highgate School (curriculum coordinator) then UCS pre-prep (SENCo, G&T and EAL coordinator) before joining Sarum Hall in 2011. She is an ISI inspector for both education quality and compliance.

Teaching is in the blood. ‘They tried to put me off!’ she laughs, but she bit the bullet and hasn’t looked back. Interestingly, she never had aspirations to be a head but - humility alert – says, ‘they must have seen something in me over the years.’ Eventually decided it was worth a shot as she could...

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