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School described as ’vibrant’, and it was certainly buzzing on the day we visited. A real energy about the place. More academic than senior school: ‘The girls here are clever and motivated,’ said one parent. Bullying very rare. School feels girls are ’traditional and polite.’ One parent remarked that she thought it would be ‘a hard jump to go from FHJS to a large co-ed. Girls are protected here and can be quite gentle. I’m not sure they are always ready for…

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Head of juniors

Since 2015, Caroline Spencer-Kruger, previously deputy head.

Entrance

Assessments at 3. Some 150 girls tested in January for 24 places. School assesses ‘girls’ potential and readiness to learn.’ School was horrified when a parent asked about tutoring for their 3-year old and advises, ‘Parents need to read to their children, take them to the park and talk to them. That’s the best preparation for these tests.’ Places occasionally available further up the school and prospective pupils are then assessed in the classroom setting. Barely a spare seat in the house.

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