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Set amongst vast grounds just minutes from the roar of the M1, the Habs’ campuses offer the unique balance of a leafy country feel for the London set and something a bit edgier for those hailing from the comfy home counties. ‘Outstanding’ music, perceived across the board to be ‘just as cool as sport’. The 50-strong symphony orchestra is the cherry on top, performing not just at school but on international tours and at prestigious venues such as the Barbican. School recognises that its charges’ careers and lives are going to be global...

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What the school says...

At Haberdashers' we are committed to a love of learning. We encourage girls to join us with enquiring minds and a thirst for knowledge. Habs is not just a school, it's a way of life! Entrance examinations consist of: 11+: Maths, English, VR & an interview. 16+: exam papers in 4 AS subjects and an interview. No past papers given. ...Read more

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Headmistress

Since September 2019, Rose Hardy, previously head of St Margaret’s Bushey. Read history at Oxford, then studied for a PGCE at London University and more recently completed an MEd in educational leadership. Spent 10 years at St Albans School, latterly as second master (sic).

Academic matters

School continuously shows its gleaming metal, flying amongst the top schools in the UK in all league tables with year after year of outstanding results. In 2019, 94 per cent of A levels were graded A*-B with 74 per cent A*/A. GCSEs equally impressive with 92 per cent 9-7. Five forms of 25 girls per year group with class sizes shrinking to 15 for GCSE and sometimes just five or six for A level. Ten GCSEs taken as standard with four full A levels commonplace.

Balanced curriculum...

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Special Education Needs

Every girl is treated as an individual. Special individual needs include: those of the exceptionally able; those with mild learning difficulties; those with physical difficulties; those whose religious or other commitments who require special consideration. A specialist co-ordinater works, across the age range (4 - 18), and closely with, the co-ordinator for gifted and talented, the pastoral heads and senior management. There are on-going observations by subject staff of year groups, the feedback from which is followed up by the specialist staff. Girls with known medical conditions are on a special medical register and the school nurse holds individual medical plans. All staff are expected to familiarize themselves with girls' needs on a need-to-know basis. Special provision is made for those who need to miss school, or fast, for religious reasons.

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