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Parents agree that pastoral care is a core strength. Girls across the academic spectrum, both in terms of ability and interest, are catered for. School doesn’t take itself too seriously. Annual ‘Muckup’ day, when the departing upper sixth have a licence to run amok, is tolerated with a smile. For those who prefer the great outdoors, CCF beckonsI like the fact that it’s old fashioned and girls stay girls for longer’...


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Godolphin was founded almost 300 years ago by Elizabeth Godolphin who wanted to empower girls to be independent, and that is still at the heart of what the school does today. Girls are encouraged to be individuals and are supported pastorally, academically and through the cocurricular programme. Godolphin is particularly proud of its value added results, which are above the national average. The school offers a combination of full and weekly boarding, as well as a day option. ...Read more

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Since 2014, Emma Hattersley. Studied music at Durham before continuing on to the Royal Academy of Music. Was housemistress at Canford, moving to become deputy head of Sherborne Girls for four years before taking up her current post. Interests outside school include her two dogs, spending time with her husband, three adult children and grandchildren, and camping, with the recent acquisition of a camper van. Music remains a passion as does gardening, and she enjoys comparing notes – horticultural, not musical – with the school’s head gardener. A stroll around the immaculate school grounds would suggest that he doesn’t needs any tips.

As head of a historic all-girls school Mrs Hattersley sees her role as a juggling act. She’s conscious of treasuring the school ethos and values, while keeping pace with...

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Special Education Needs

Godolphin aims to support all its pupils in effective learning. The special needs policy is broadly inclusive and our learning support department is an integral and integrated part of the school. We recognise that some pupils may need additional support at times during their academic career and others who have a SpLD are catered for throughout their education. Communication between pupil, teachers and school is a vital part of its philosophy. Access Arrangements for GCSE and A Levels are assessed internally to ensure each student’s individual ‘evidence of need’ is met and documented throughout each department.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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