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Immediately apparent that all mix well. ‘Embrace and accept,’ is the ethos of the school. Every lesson we observed involved happy girls and teachers. We were welcomed with open arms and chatted to by all, particularly the year 6 art class who couldn’t wait to show us their work. Year 8s happily and enthusiastically dissecting a lung in biology lesson...

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11 - Maths, English & VR including an interview. 16 - Minimum of 5 A-Cs including an interview.

No past papers given.

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Since 2013, Alan Whelpdale (50s). History degree, the first from his family to attend university. From Yorkshire and humble beginnings. ‘I quickly realised that succeeding at school was my ticket out of Barnsley.’ A keen tennis and badminton player. Decided to teach when helping sixth formers at a local school in his final year at uni. Stayed in Bangor to do his PGCE. Taught in the state sector, mixed and boys, before moving to a girls’ grammar in London. ‘I liked teaching the more able children as it was a challenge to really stretch them.’ Left London for Durham High, then to Farnborough Hill before returning to Durham High as deputy head. Was acting head for three terms and they asked him to apply to be head twice. ‘I turned it down as I...

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