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Gustav Holst was a music master here for 16 years and school’s main hall is named after him. Orchestras, ensembles, choirs and bands galore.  TeenTech Consumer Innovation Award recently won by two girls for a cycling jacket with lights on the shoulders to indicate the direction you are heading in was rewarded with a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. One mother commented, ‘In the past it has felt more like a grammar school than a fancy private school. The head seems to be smartening the place up but keeping the diverse student population'... 


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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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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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Since September 2020, Alex Hutchinson, formerly head of Woldingham School. Has held a range of academic and pastoral 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.


Main points of entry are 11+ and 16+. At 11, around 500 apply for 120 places. Pre-selection assessment mornings in the autumn term, where girls are observed in a one-to-one context as well as group situations. The day consists of puzzle-solving activities, taster lessons taught by head and online tests in verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning. ‘We know after this assessment day that there are some girls who will not thrive at JAGS.’ Candidates are informed before Christmas...

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Please note: 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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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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