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Music plays a prominent role and forms part of the timetable right from pre-prep, with Fiddledy-Dee, in which violins are first introduced – surely a triumph of enthusiasm over reason. Over half of pupils have individual music lessons in anything from drums to trumpets. The school currently boasts two harpists which must trump the national average...

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One of Godolphin Prep's greatest strength is its relatively small size. The benefits that the small class sizes and enormous amounts of individual attention bring are obvious - girls blossom in the nurturing and supportive environment and even the most timid and shy grow in confidence and self belief. In larger schools, it is not uncommon to have to forfeit opportunities and facilities for the 'family' feel, the two rarely go hand in hand. However, at Godolphin Prep, girls truly have the best of both worlds: the security of an intimate learning environment and family atmosphere with all the benefits of a larger school in terms of state of the art facilities and oodles of green space. Girls use their “ big sisters’ “ facilities just a stone's throw away, with the indoor swimming pool, ICT suites, art block, performing arts centre and dining hall being especially loved. We find that this sharing of facilities and specialist tuition, for sport and music for example, pays dividends. Girls leave us at 11 for good secondary schools such as our own Godolphin senior and the local South Wilts Grammar. Who says small isn't beautiful? We are excited to announce that we are now accepting boys into our Nursery. ...Read more

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Since 2014, Julia Miller BA MEd. Having studied history at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a PGCE, she taught at Banbridge Academy, Victoria College and Cheltenham Ladies’ College, latterly as deputy housemistress and in charge of DofE. Joined Godolphin in 1992 and still teaches history in the senior school, alongside humanities in the prep and her headship duties.

More than 25 years on, she’s still far from complacent, describing this period of her career as ‘the most exciting by far,’ having had the opportunity to appoint her ‘dream team’ of staff. Her enthusiasm and passion are obvious, and she clearly cares for the girls: ‘she could probably tell you every girl’s shoe size’ was one observation. A study adorned by teddy bears – including a large worry bear that girls can...

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