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Parents we spoke to who had experienced the ruthless competitive examination process commented on how they have complete confidence in the school system, and how well prepared the girls are so that they feel very secure. One recalled that the girls did knitting on a Friday afternoon to keep them calm. The girls we spoke to ‘love the freedom to do what you like in learning. The teachers make maths and science fun.’ Perhaps that explains why they do so well, winning the…

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The school was founded in 1873 and was the first school to be established by the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) which has long been at the forefront of education for girls. Our girls successfully gain places at some of the best day and boarding schools in London and the country.

We encourage independence, individuality and questioning thinking and win praise for our nurturing approach, rich curriculum and outstanding academic results.
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Since September 2018, Caroline Hulme-McKibbin BEd (Homerton College, Cambridge), previously principal since 2009 of The King’s School Macclesfield Infants and Juniors. Degree from Homerton College, Cambridge. Taught in state primaries in Trafford then at King's Junior when co-education introduced; became academic head. After a career break to have family returned in 2003 as vice principal; 2005 head of Alderley Edge School for Girls' junior section. Husband a business consultant, two daughters. Interests include netball umpiring, theatre, reading. The previous head, Prudence Lynch, retired after 15 years.


Girls come from 40 local nurseries and most live locally, many within walking distance. There are over 200 applicants for 44 places at 4+. Register any time up to September prior to entry the following September, with assessments in January. Girls are seen in groups of five or six...

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Special Education Needs

We have a Learning Support Co-ordinator and an Assistant Learning Support Co-ordinator, who manage support for all the girls with special educational needs. We screen children through our regular assessment procedures throughout their school career, along with teacher input, and pupils receive extra support at different levels where necessary. They may require small group support by a teaching assistant, or extra teacher input in the classroom, or at a greater level of need, withdrawal for group support by a teaching assistant or by a teacher. We may ask parents to refer their daughter to an Educational Psychologist, and sometimes these girls are then supported 1:1 by a teacher with Special Needs qualifications. The latter is an extra on the bill. Parents are closely involved at the latter stages. March 2010

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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