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‘Gives the children all the opportunities,’ said parent. Every day jam-packed with total fulfillment for arty, active or both – helped by flourishing parents’ association that’s stumped up for new laser cutter for DT department (works wonders on wood) and refurbishment of two grand pianos (the two aren’t connected).

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Coloma is a highly successful school and has been praised by many throughout its history of 144 years. The results of the 2012/13 GCSE cohort placed the school as the top girls non selective comprehensive in the country according to The Daily Telegraph league tables. In addition to academic success, Coloma has many other achievements. The strength of our pastoral care means not only that every pupil matters, but that the pupils extend their concern for others who are in any kind of need. This is well illustrated by charities weeks which raise a substantial amount of money for good causes through lunchtime concerts and a variety of other fundraising events. Equally there is a rich and varied extracurricular tradition including several choirs (of up to 500 girls), many instrumental groups, large numbers of successful sporting teams across a variety of sports and many other groups and activities. We have a rich mix of opportunities in curriculum subjects and is highly regarded for its caring ethos. Students have a track record of success in gaining places on top courses at top universities and continuing to successful careers in medicine, law, business, education and other professions. Equally importantly, however, girls leave Coloma with a sense of values based on Christian teachings, skills and community that equip all students, whether Catholic or not, for the wider aspects of a happy and fulfilling life. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 1 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 2 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 3 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 4 Music or Dance)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)


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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1995, Mrs Maureen Martin. Won’t be pinned down on precise career dates or age (‘you can say “very experienced”,’ she says) while mention of the r(*tir*ment)-word strictly off limits.

A Coloma old girl, went on to take degree in economics (Bristol) and PGCE (London) with religious specialism (enhanced with her own extensive private studies) – perfect combination for cash-strapped faith school; counselling training (through church) a boon in honing skills in sensitive questioning.

When her husband’s work with British Council – he is now head of physics here - took the couple overseas, Mrs Martin worked at schools in Uganda, Tanzania, India (where had first headship in a primary school), Mexico, and Malaysia, interspersed with short term teaching posts in the UK, also raising four...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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