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Readers sceptical that such an academically successful school can also be fun should think again. Habs girls are down to earth, noisy and animated and clearly love every minute of the school day. Although many parents naturally reassess whether to move on to the senior school at 11+ or look elsewhere, they uniformly give a clear message that their daughters would never speak to them again if they were moved. Overall, a best in class girls’ prep and first step on the ladder to reaping…

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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.

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Executive head of junior school

Since 2015, Mr Robert James-Robbins, who is also senior deputy head of the whole school. He was previously interim head of the junior school for 18 months, and has also worked at JAGS, as English teacher and senior teacher. He has an English degree from King's College London and a PGCE from the Institute of Education.


Four plus entry: there are two reception classes. Selection is a careful process and girls have to demonstrate their ‘Habs-ability’ to win one of the most coveted school places in the area, if not the country. Girls are observed and chatted to within small groups of children with similar birth dates. Of some 250 who apply, the parents of about 80 will be invited to meet senior staff to talk about their daughters and why...

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