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Loughborough High doesn’t feel like an academic oven nor an intellectual boiler: it does feel like a skilfully-used slow cooker where the right temperature serves to permeate the ingredients with interesting tastes and infusions. Potential parents can look at the website and see the results, the choices available and the variety of opportunities beyond the classroom, but that’s not what impressed us most. We witnessed a fabulous teacher who described herself as being ‘as nutty as a fruitcake’ enthuse and encourage a…

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What the school says...

Loughborough High School is a lively academic school which offers a traditional education in an excellent environment alongside numerous extra-curricular activities. Our pupils not only achieve very good results but they also learn to be active and participative members of the community, developing excellent leadership and communication skills.

Entrance examinations consist of: 11+ - English, maths and VR (interviews may take place where there is a discrepancy). 12+, 13+ and 14+ - English, maths & French (or another foreign language). Entry to the sixth form is by interview. ...Read more

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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 2011, Gwen Byrom BSc MA PGCE (40s). Lots of varied experiences and qualifications gathered during her ascent to the headship of Loughborough High. She read biochemistry at Manchester University, followed by a masters degree with the Open University. Later she added psychology to the quiver of subjects she is qualified to teach. Has taught in a grammar school in Kent, then head of junior science at Solihull followed in fairly quick succession by Bedstone College, Roedean and, most recently, Cheltenham Ladies’ College as vice-principal (pastoral). If you trawl the internet, you will find very complimentary words from some ex-pupils about Mrs Byrom. She says that Loughborough High is the best place she has ever taught at with the best staff she has ever worked with. ‘This is the place for me. This is...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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