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Rarely have we been so struck by pupils’ awareness of mixed ability. ‘Some schools just go on test results but they just want you to try your best here and that matters because we’re all at different levels,’ said one pupil, who waxed lyrical about Fizz and Gertrude, the growth mindset teddies. ‘It’s not an academically cosy ride – they do push the girls and they get good results, but it’s done through… 


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Since 2019, Kate Gater BA MA PGCE (40s). Previously head of Oxford High Junior School (GDST). State educated in Stoke on Trent. Caught teaching bug when she volunteered in her (much) younger brother’s school, aged 16 – one can imagine her contagious smile and enthusiasm being an instant hit. Her strong will must have come in handy too. BA in history and English from Manchester Metropolitan University; PGCE from Warwick (from where she also has an MA in RE). Not so much climbed as raced up the career ladder, bagging head of year in second year of teaching at a state junior school in the West Midlands. Moved into private sector two years later, starting off at Bilton Grange Prep then onto Edgbaston High School for Girls Prep as deputy head before joining Oxford...

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