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Girls are taught it’s ok to fail – that failure is how you learn – and accountability is encouraged, with pupils choosing their own level of challenge from mild, spicy or hot.  Cross-curricular looms large eg girls learn about biodegradability in science and art and even get a junk orchestra together in music. The small size of the school allows for flexibility and spontaneity – teachers had recently whisked off a class to the design museum at short notice. ‘They do their best,’ said a parent about sport. On the plus side is the connection with the Berkhamsted schools and breadth. On the downside… 


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What the school says...

Heatherton is a girls’ independent prep school with co-educational nursery for pupils aged rising 3-11 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. It has a family environment and is within easy reach of London. It is an IAPS school with a kitemark for excellence and an enviable record for success.

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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Nicola Nicoll (40s), previously deputy head at Badminton Junior School, Bristol, and before that head of science and head of middle school at Westminster Under. BSc in biomedical sciences and PGCE, both from Liverpool; MEd in educational leadership from Buckingham.

State educated in Norfolk, she initially resisted the inevitable pull of teaching (both parents were teachers), with her love of Agatha Christie novels responsible for sights set on forensic science. Until, that is, she found herself so traumatised by being handed bits of brain during a post-mortem she observed at the tender age of 21 that she switched career choice to teaching. It was, she explains, the ‘interacting with and enabling of others’ that really put fire in her belly. Cut teeth as science teacher at Thomas’ Prep,...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
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 Y
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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