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Both parents and girls note how swiftly the school responds to any concerns. When one group felt overwhelmed by homework, a temporary homework amnesty was speedily put in place. There is a big push on engineering. It has been introduced to the curriculum in year 8 and Meteor - a programmable, humanoid NAO robot - is very popular. Who wouldn’t want their daughters to be like this at 18? Confident but not arrogant; excited about their future but hugely loyal to their past; believing the world is theirs for moulding into something much fairer and better than has gone before...

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11: Maths, English, VR including interviews. 13: Maths, English & a Modern Language paper (usually French). 16: Minimum of 6 A-Cs and interviews.

No past papers given.

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Acting head

Since September 2020, Caroline Renton, previously senior teacher (pastoral) and head of KS4. Educated at St Mary’s Convent. After her BSc in Earth Science (Leicester) and MA in micropalaeontology from UCL, she took up a postgraduate research position at the ETH University in Zürich to study diatoms and climate change in the lakes of the Upper Engadine area of Switzerland.

From spring 2021, Dr Stephen Burley will take over as head. Degree in English from UCL; MPhil from St Catherine’s College, Oxford (where he was also a tutor for admissions); doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London. Beginning his career at The King’s School, Canterbury, he then moved to Sevenoaks School before joining Headington as head of English, then to King's High as deputy head.


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