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At over 800 pupils, Headington’s the biggest out of its immediate competitors, though it doesn’t behave like it. Screens around the school wish ‘happy birthday’ to those celebrating. Around 25 per cent board, the majority full boarders, of whom three-quarters live overseas. Complex Venn diagram of friendships, straddling sports teams, school buses, previous schools etc, though we didn’t find it especially cliquey.  ‘Everybody still loves playing rounders in PE,’ pupils admitted, ‘even though we know that’s not very feminist...

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What the school says...

Headington School is consistently ranked within the UK's top 50, and year on year the School's academic results speak for themselves. Our true strength lies in a commitment to meeting the needs of each individual pupil, encouraging each girl to discover and explore her own strengths and interests. Whatever your daughter's strengths and talents, at Headington she will find the support and encouragement that she needs to succeed. We are committed to providing opportunities for talented girls irrespective of their financial means or background, and means tested bursaries of up to 100 per cent of fees are available to those joining the school at 9, 11, 13 and 16 - contact the Admissions Office for further information. ...Read more

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Since 2011, Caroline Jordan. A pupil herself at St Helen and St Katharine, a school Headington knows well from the netball court. Then onto geology at Oxford (St Edmund Hall). Spent her twenties running her own business before a PGCE at Manchester, ten years at Wycombe Abbey – latterly as head of sixth form and deputy senior housemistress – and six at St George’s Ascot as head. Previously president of the Girls’ Schools Association; Mrs Jordan knows a thing or two about girls’ education then - it's a cause she is ‘wedded to’.

Principled and forthright. ‘She reminds me of the teachers at my all-girls’ school in the 80s,’ says one parent, ‘a strong belief in female empowerment without worrying about what’s cool.’ Proud of the flexibility offered by Headington’s...

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Special Education Needs

We make reasonable adjustments for all pupils with SEN whether these are cognitive difficulties or physical disabilities. Such adjustments include access arrangements for examinations, one-to-one weekly support for girls in the lower school and drop-in sessions for the middle school and sixth form.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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 Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
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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