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Languages are on the up; school bucks the national trend here – ‘simply down to a push on promotion,’ claims school, though we wondered if girls are also lured by the trips eg Cologne to the Christmas markets, exchange trips to Spain. ‘Sport for all’ was deemed a weak point in our previous visit. Not so now, with the school having completely changed the way it delivers sport. Current South African head of rowing credited with bringing the school national and international success on the water. This is a large and busy school, but there are...

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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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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Since 2011, Caroline Jordan (50s). Previously head of St George’s Ascot and before that spent 10 years at Wycombe Abbey where she was head of sixth form and deputy senior housemistress. Currently vice chair of the Independent Schools Council.

A local girl, she was educated at St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, read geology at Oxford and did her PGCE (science) at Manchester. Plain-spoken and businesslike, it came as no surprise to learn that she’d built up and run her own company before turning her hand to teaching. Nor, with her brazen go-getting approach, that she regularly reminds pupils she ‘might wake up tomorrow and want to do something completely different again’. Headington girls know well that there are many paths you can follow in life.


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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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