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The convent, where many lessons are taught, is a beautiful building built around a quad with the nuns’ garden as its inner sanctum. This is now used by the sixth form girls, who have their common room on the top floor of the convent. Girls were able to choose the décor; do note the very elegant chandelier. The strength of the school is the small class sizes (the largest class we saw was 11 girls; sixth form average is five) and the lack of pressure. ‘They know my child and the way they learn,’ was said more than once...

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The School campus includes the Loughborough Nursery and therefore offers care and education of boys and girls from 6 weeks old through to age 18.

Entrance assessments consist of: 11 - Maths, English & Non-verbal reasoning, 12+ - Individually assessed. 16 - Dependent on ability and attitude together with a minimum of five GCSE passes at Grade C or Grade 4, or higher. Some subjects may require higher grades for entry. A personal interview may be conducted.

No past papers given.
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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.

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Since 2016 Dr Julian Murphy (mid 40s). BA from Southampton, philosophy and politics; DPhil (Oxon) in the field of Islamic thought; MPhil (Middle Eastern studies), MSc (Birkbeck) in government and administration. Worked in politics for a few years as an assistant to an MP, numerous odd jobs in his 20s but his main intention was to be an academic and become a professor. By the time he had completed his doctorate, decided that academia was too solitary for him. Born a Catholic, but not a particularly devout one, found Catholicism again in his late 20s, ‘as many people do, you could describe it as a dark night of the soul.’ Turned to teaching, starting as an RE teacher at Woodbridge ‘and fell in love with it.’ Has always been in the private sector. <br...

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Our academic support department values the abilities and achievements of all of our learners and is committed to providing the best possible environment for learning for each pupil. Our results data shows that we do an exceptionally good job of ensuring that no pupil is disadvantaged due to a special educational need. The aim for all of our pupils is inclusion. We work collaboratively with pupils, parents, staff and external agencies to ensure individuals realise their potential, have access to a broad and balanced education, and go into the world and make it a better place. We understand that many pupils will have additional needs at some time during their school life. At Loughborough Amherst School we recognise that appropriate support and intervention will enable all pupils to experience and enjoy positive achievement. Support may be short, sharp bursts of intervention, or more regular support across the academic year. We use expertise within the department and school to guide teaching and training to ensure our mission of fully inclusive education is adopted in each classroom.

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