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  • Malvern St James Girls’ School
    15 Avenue Road
    Great Malvern
    Worcestershire
    WR14 3BA
  • Head: Dr Gareth Lloyd
  • T 01684 892288
  • F 01684 566204
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.malvernstjames.co.uk/
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Worcestershire
  • Pupils: 325; sixth formers: 80
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day: £8,745 - £22,575; Boarding: £28,005 – £46,230 pa
  • Open days: October (whole school open morning), March (working open morning)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Less polished than some of its bigger competitors but that’s the whole point, with the smaller, pastorally driven character of the school suiting its pupils down to the ground. Prep based in the heart of the school, with bright and welcoming classrooms; girls also benefit from senior facilities for eg art and DT, food and nutrition and science. SEN provision has always been good, now ‘transformational’, say parents. All pupils are expected to do at least two activities or clubs per week up to sixth form. No cracking of whip required from…

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What the school says...

Malvern St James is a leading independent school for girls aged 4-18. What helps to make us distinct and refreshing, is our recognition and active support for the individual talents, interests and passions of girls, and the liberating and inclusive ethos the school embraces.

MSJ doesn’t produce a ‘type’ of girl. We achieve excellent academic results but we are not an exam factory. Our ethos is one of inclusion and respect. Girls can pursue their passions and interests in the field of their choice – all routes are equal. It may be horse riding, engineering, politics, the environment or climbing. We recognise the importance of allowing each individual to grow and flourish. We find ways to support girls to achieve their passions.
to is testament to MSJ’s culture of ambition and achievement.

With a roughly equal number of day girls and boarders, the School is able to offer the best of both worlds and a very flexible boarding programme. Full, weekly and flexi boarding options are offered, designed to meet the needs of modern family lives. A central position in the town of Great Malvern, situated in the heart of England, gives access to excellent transport links and cultural opportunities all around the UK, including a direct train service from London.
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Other features

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.

Sports

Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

Fencing

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since January 2024, Gareth Lloyd BA PGCE MSc PhD FMusTCL, previously head of Cambridge Stoke College in Suffolk and three other schools before that, both here and overseas. Born and bred in south Wales, he has studied at four British universities where his academic disciplines include modern languages, philosophy and music: he is an accomplished pianist, violinist and composer; his Requiem for the Fallen of 9/11 will premier in New York in 2026. If that weren't enough, he is also a committed sportsman and survivor of several ultra-marathons at national level. This first male head of MSJ states his commitment to girls-only education where no subject is genderised.

Head of prep since 2021 is Belle Bedford, who joined the school as a classroom teacher. Popular with parents. ‘A cross between...

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Special Education Needs

There is an established process, according to the school SEN policy, of identification and provision for those with special needs, and a system of continuous assessment thereafter. Detailed assessments for special arrangements in examinations are carried out each year for those who need them. The support staff includes a part-time dyslexia specialist and 4 part-time EAL specialists. The added support is reflected in the excellent grades most of these pupils achieve at both GCSE and A level. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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