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Inspirational staff: ‘some really, really good teachers’, say parents, who take time to really understand individual strengths and weaknesses. Feedback is ‘spot on, not cut and paste’, says one parent. Comprehensive, well-oiled pastoral care system in place and girls have an array of people to turn to when they hit bumps in the road: form tutors, heads of year, assistant heads, senior girls. Extracurricular activities delivered with...

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Our prep school is known as James Allen's Preparatory School and takes girls 4-11, but is part of James Allen's Girls' School.

Entrance criteria for the senior school is as follows: 11+ applicants attend a pre-selection morning in the autumn term, followed by the entrance exam in January. There are no one on one interviews except for scholarship assessments. They are assessed in Mathematics, English and Reasoning. 12, 13 & 14+ Chance Vacancy applicants are assessed in Mathematics, English, and Reasoning in early January. 16 + applicants are invited for interview and sit a Critical Thinking test and essay in November; offers are dependent on GCSE results and a reference from the previous school. Applications for all year groups should be made by the end of October in the year preceding entry. Up to around 20 Academic scholarships are awarded on the results of the 11+ Entrance Examination and we also offer scholarships in Music, Art and Sport. Scholarships are valued between £1000-£4000 per year. Lastly, means-tested bursaries are available across all year groups. ...Read more

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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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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.

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Headmistress

Since September 2020, Alex Hutchinson, formerly head of Woldingham School. Has held a range of roles in day and boarding girls’ schools, including chemistry teacher at JAGS, head of science at St Mary’s School, Ascot and head of sixth form at Wimbledon High School. Read chemistry at St Edmund Hall, Oxford; PGCE from Bristol. Married to Chris, headmaster of Royal Russell School.

It’s no wonder she’s won the respect of parents and girls so quickly. She is immediately impressive and likeable, as well as straight-talking, intelligent and thoughtful. An excellent listener with an easy manner. Has adopted a very practical, see-the-bright-side approach to what has been an extraordinary first year, dominated by Covid: ‘I have seen the community responding to a crisis and there’s no better lesson’, she says. ‘Everybody has...

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Special Education Needs

We are not a schoool which specialises in SEN and we have no in-class support or withdrawal teaching, other than for a statemented severely hearing impaired pupil. We do have a SENCO and staff alert her to pupils whom they think should be tested for SEN. We have a number of girls with mild dyslexia, mild dyscalculia and mild dyspraxia. A few use laptops. Candidates with SEN have to be of the appropriate academic standard for entry to the school, but are given extra time in the English Entrance examination and are able to use a laptop for it. Our SENCO provides some one-to-one support for individual pupils outside of lesson times and provides all staff with guidance and strategies for teaching pupils with SEN. We endeavour to provide extension work for gifted and talented pupils in all areas and have allowed exceptionally talented musicians to have a reduced academic timetable to allow extra practice.

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