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Wherever we went we were met with open friendliness, a willingness to chat and ready smiles. There were plenty of moments of quick and enjoyable repartee. A previous visitor remarked, ‘this is one of the few schools where enrichment is genuinely as important as the academic’. In fact they feed on each other. Cookery classes for third year pupils combine the joys of creating delicious food with scientific considerations involving different herbs and spices, temperatures and mixtures. Bags of music...

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King Edward VI High School for Girls offers a number of means tested assisted places as well as academic and music scholarships. Entrance examinations consist of: At 11 - 2x English and 2x Maths, no interview. At 16 - interview. No past papers available. The exams are accessible to all those following National Curriculum work. ...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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Since 2013, Ann Clark. Won a scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge, to read modern languages, specifically German, French and Spanish. Now teaches German A level, and French to half of the new girls. ‘It’s good to see how they’re settling down socially and academically.’ They, for their part, enjoy being taught by her. ‘She’s very approachable and clear headed,’ seems the most common verdict. Attributes, incidentally, acknowledged by parents who like her a lot. She has more than 25 years' experience of teaching in state schools and university, and before becoming principal was deputy head of Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire.

Mrs Clark does not belong to the duchess style of head: she doesn’t sweep along corridors scattering staff and pupils. There is a gentle elegance and grace about...

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The school selects girls by means of a competetive academic test. The curriculum provides for the needs of those girls, some of whom are exceptionally gifted and are catered for through a variety of curricular and extra curricular, formal and informal opportunities. The teaching staff are chosen as those most likely to meet the needs of academic girls. The turbulent years of adolescence mean girls will often experience emotional highs and lows and staff are committed to and experienced in supporting girls at those times, in the various forms the emotional difficulties might take. 10-09

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