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Our allocated guides were, not surprisingly, slightly reluctant to leave a science class in which they were planning sports events taking account of the conditions of planets other than the earth. However they waxed lyrical over the pet’s corner, were warmly welcomed by Sister Gill and clearly loved every bit of the school. Art has a huge and impressive building bursting with stunning work in every medium and hugely talented and enthusiastic staff. Very professional looking fabric design work on display as well as fascinating mixed media landscape work and spectacular studies based on work done in the cathedral....

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Meet Godolphin, Salisbury at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 309

What the school says...

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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Independent School (Grade 6 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Food Technology at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2014, Emma Hattersley, previously deputy head, pastoral, at Sherborne Girls, before which she was a housemistress at Canford School. Mrs Hattersley trained as an opera singer at the Royal Academy of Music and has a music degree from Durham. Married with three children, she says she took her career break early so that now, in her early 50s, with her children pursuing their own careers, she is able to devote her time entirely to Godolphin. Her actor husband is immensely supportive, to the extent of running ‘speakeasy’ communications and other workshops in school.

Her calm, unthreatening exterior deceptively understates the determination beneath. Since arriving at Godolphin she says she has identified needs for brightening up areas of the fabric, developing staff and increasing opportunities for charitable activities. In fact...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

We provide specialist individual support in English, maths and English language (for a few overseas students) as well as general study skills. Relatively few pupils require SEN provision but care is taken to provide individual help and support as and when required.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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