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Loughborough High doesn’t feel like an academic oven nor an intellectual boiler, more like a skilfully-used slow cooker. There's palpable feeling of genuinely shared academic interests and concerns. We witnessed a fabulous teacher who described herself as being ‘as nutty as a fruitcake’ enthuse and encourage a group of sixth formers who were trying to decide what topics they wished to work on for their EPQ. There was the faintest whiff of cordite and revolution...

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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). Read biochemistry at Manchester University, followed by a masters degree with the OU. Later 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). She says that Loughborough High is the best place she has ever taught at with the best staff she has ever worked with.

Teaches philosophy to year 7 to get a feel for the girls as they come into the school. ‘I love the interaction and I want them to have the confidence to express doubts about what I say and to argue with...

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