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The atmosphere is calm and civilised with a strong sense of community and belonging, and the inclusive approach produces rounded, confident girls who look out for each other. It used to be a specialist music school and the legacy lives on. ‘Music is outstanding,’ said a parent; ‘the school attracts musical families and is in a local league of its own’. Recently staged Little Shop of Horrors and hired a professional set. It cost a lot of money but...

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Entrance tests set by local LEA.

Converted to an academy 2011.

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Since September 2021, Mr D Beer. previously deputy head.


Via the Kent Test at 11+. Girls come from about 40 primary schools and a handful of prep schools, most fairly local but there is no catchment area and some come from as far away as Rye and Hastings. Distance from the school taken into account as a tie break. Oversubscribed but not ridiculously so - about 200 girls put it as their first choice for 184 places. The school tries to be accommodating if a girl passes the test and most get in.

About 50 boys and 20 girls join year 12. Most boys come from Norton Knatchbull grammar in Ashford and girls from local high schools, attracted by the range of A level subjects. Must have at least six GCSEs...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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sometimes, but not in this year

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