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‘Not too posh’ – nice swishy haired girls who don’t seem to kick too hard against uniform, skirt length and make up regulations. The ‘inspirational’ leadership of Headington’s South African head of rowing has brought the school national and international success on the water (most recently the J8 crew won the Henley women’s regatta). Special mention here for ICT – girls learn to code in Python and apply this and other skills to robotics. Not content with winning…

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Computer Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

Curricula

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

Other features

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.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2011, Mrs Caroline Jordan (50s). 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. 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. Lives on site; married to Richard, a company director, one adult son, two border collies. Currently president of the Girls’ Schools Association.

Before going into teaching Mrs Jordan ran her own business. She says that heads ‘need those skills’; they do, and indeed we could imagine her as one of the dragons on Dragons’ Den – not that she’s scary, but she is direct and, well, businesslike. As one parent said, ‘definitely not fluffy’....

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

As a selective girls' school we can cater for girls on the mild to moderate spectrum of specific learning difficulties. We have an experienced department which liaises closely with all teaching staff to ensure that the particular needs of girls are all provided for. Some girls receive one-to-one tuition while for others an open-door policy is sufficient. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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