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Parents would be bonkers to bust a gut securing a place anywhere else if successful here, insist most. Many have tried and failed at the grammars but wind up feeling their daughters have actually flourished better here than would in the febrile atmosphere of ultra-selective alternatives where it can take full marks just to get noticed. Success founded on strong relationships between staff and students - confidence boosting a speciality. ‘There are no silly answers’ must be an unspoken mantra, judging by the…

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Converted to an academy 2012

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Since 2021, Emily Barns, BA MA. Very much part of the furniture, having been here over a decade, first as assistant head of lower school then director of sixth form and finally deputy head (curriculum) before taking the helm. Previously associate assistant head at Gumley House and has also held posts at Cardinal Wiseman School and Wakefield Girls’ High School. Raised in Southampton, she studied French and history at Hull, PGCE at Newcastle and later her masters in educational leadership and management at Roehampton. Teaching clearly in the blood as she reels off a long list of rellies in the profession. ‘It was all I ever wanted to do – well, once I was old enough to stop wanting to be a squirrel,’ she says.

Don’t confuse her no-nonsense, businesslike manner...

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If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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