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Even mufti days have cherries on the top (perhaps literally so, if they decide to come, say, as a metaphor…). In addition to World Book Day, devoted to classics – where characters of choice include ‘Aphrodite – from the Iliad,‘ there’s the chance to dress up for science day. ‘I’m coming as a solid,‘ announced one pupil. She isn’t, you know, she’s going to come in all three states, confirms Mrs H – liquid and gas as well. Staff also dress up. Possibly as Bosun Higgs particles, to scale, or existing in two states simultaneously...


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The City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, independent day school, for girls aged 7 to 18, based in the London Square Mile. The Preparatory school has acquired an academic pre-eminence, earning its place in the premier league of leading independent prep schools in the country. Entrance examination consists of: 7+ written examinations and activity based assessments. City of London School for Girls is a member of the Girls Schools Association (GSA). See website for more information. ...Read more

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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 2017, Rachel Hadfield BA. Two school-age sons. Mother was a teacher so education was ‘in the blood’ – put up a brief fight not to follow in her footsteps, though given that uni dissertation (Durham) was on the geography of film and children’s perception, was always a lost cause.

After graduating, spent three years in Japan, employed by a small town to teach English to everyone – toddlers, farmers, senior citizens. ‘A wonderful experience,’ she says. Returned to train as a teacher in 2006, working in state primary schools in London, specialising as an ethnic minorities achievement teacher. Experience of seeing nursery pupils unable to communicate was a defining moment in recognising importance of education in ‘levelling life chances’. Joined failing school (Foxhill Primary) in 2014, first as lead...

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Special Education Needs

The School has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator, who deals mainly with those girls who have mild dyslexia or dyspraxia. We have accepted pupils with physical disabilities. There is screening to pick up any problems and girls are referred to the SENCo for further help, study skills or assessments throughout the school. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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