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Girls spoke appreciatively of teachers' personal approach and the amount of individual attention they get. Parents speak highly of teachers who ‘build relationships with each child individually and get to know what makes them tick’. Childrens’ mental health high on teachers’ agenda. Without exception, girls spoke of support and encouragement from teachers; being known well; talents spotted; confidence built. Supplemented by trained counsellor plus school chaplain. The seniors' play is performed at the Gala Theatre in Durham - the school's drama studio stage is, cleverly, the same size, to facilitate the transfer...



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Since September 2018, Simone Niblock, previously senior deputy head at Queen Margaret's School. English degree from Oxford and a PGCE from Cambridge. Has taught at St Edmund's College, Ware, Stockport Grammar, Perse Girls and Shrewsbury High, where she stayed for 16 years, joining as head of English and being promoted to director of studies.

Academic matters

Consistently the highest performing school in the county and came out particularly well in the English Bacc league table, though a dip in A level results in 2018 to 37 per cent per cent A*/A, 66 per cent A*/B; usual subjects plus psychology, sociology, Latin, Greek, classical civilisation, sport, theatre studies, art and design – a notable range for such a small sixth form. Impressively, almost half do maths and sciences, EPQ taken – no slacking from these girls.

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Special Education Needs

We have in-school screening for Specific Learning Difficulties. We have a designated Learning Support Room with appropriate resources. We have an Educational Pyschologist who works with the school, assessing and following up individual needs. SpLD students are given a weekly lesson with a qualified SpLD teacher and support within the curriculum, if parents request it. For those with literacy and numeracy difficulties, we give help on an individual or small group basis. Other support for hearing difficulties is given usually through the LEA sensory support services working with the school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
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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