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  • James Allen's Junior School
    East Dulwich Grove
    SE22 8TE
  • Head: Miss Finola Stack
  • T 020 8693 0374
  • F 020 8693 8031
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 4 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Southwark
  • Pupils: 301
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: £17,985 pa
  • Open days: Open Morning on Saturday 2nd October – booking essential via our website. A limited amount of small weekday group tours are available. More information available on our website.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: James Allen's Girls' School (JAGS)

What says..

Even from early days, girls are given responsibilities, and are taught to analyse problems and find solutions. Everywhere we looked, pupils were busy but not frantic. Parents describe their daughters’ days as ‘go go go’, and, ‘stimulating, but not frazzling’. For bright, sparky girls who strive to do their best, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting environment. Opportunities to think flexibly abound. We didn’t find over-competitive or...

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What the school says...

At James Allen's Junior School we create an atmosphere of happiness and warmth in which children are motivated to work and play to the best of their abilities. Both inside and outside the classroom, we generate a sense of vitality and a conviction that learning is fun. Our pupils are refreshingly independent-minded and open-hearted. We teach children to think for themselves and they flourish academically because they learn to trust their own judgement. We foster the values of hard work, thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. James Allen's Junior School is a warm-hearted community where laughter is an essential part of the school day and where each child feels valued, happy and stimulated. ...Read more

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Other features

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 2007, Finola Stack MA PGCE Mont Dip. Co-founded Finton House School in 1987, before moving on to Cameron House as head in 1994. ISI inspector. Highly articulate and careful with her words – certainly not a gusher. Particular praise for her ‘wonderful’ handling of 7+ process – ‘open and thoughtful’ in her communication with prospective families. Finds time to boost girls with low self-esteem or call home to check things are OK. Very visible around the school. Teaches RE. Three grown-up sons. Main interests are ‘family, theatre and exercise’.

Head of pre-prep is Elizabeth Channon BA PGCE, previously deputy head of Sydenham High Junior School. Also teaches RE. Cosy, big-happy-family approach to running the pre-prep. ‘Very nurturing’, parents say, ‘yet totally focused on doing an excellent job’.


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Special Education Needs

JAPS was praised in its last (2002) ISI Inspection Report for the 'excellence' of its provision for special needs. JAPS is extremely well resourced in terms of Learning Support and Enrichment teaching. In the Pre-Prep (4-7 year-old boys and girls), there is a SENCO for 3 days pw plus a further learning support teacher for 2.5 days pw In the Middle School (7-11 year-old girls) there is a qualified SENCO for 3 days pw plus 2 further Learning Support Teachers. There are 3 specialist rooms in the school as a whole dedicated to Special Needs/Learning Support.

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

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