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 Wonderfully grounded with ‘boundless energy,’ according to parents, recognises that these days her main competitors are the state grammars, and is focused on outperforming them not just in the classroom but by ‘building resilience,’ and turning out ‘happy, adaptable girls'. ‘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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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 2011, Ms Biddie O’Connor MA (50s). Educated at St Helena School, Chesterfield followed by St Hugh’s College, Oxford (classics) and Sidney Sussex Cambridge (PGCE). A doyenne of girls’ education, she cut her teeth teaching classics at Francis Holland before moving to Old Palace School, Croydon as head of department. Joined Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls as head of classics and sixth form before becoming deputy head, then taking up the headship at Loughborough High School, where she spent nine years before, as one parent put it, ‘coming home.’

Inheriting a flourishing, massively oversubscribed school when she joined Habs’ as head, she was ‘able to take time to assess the changes needed,’ before putting in place a 15 to 20 year plan to improve the site. Wonderfully grounded with...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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