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  • Manchester High Preparatory Department
    Grangethorpe Road
    M14 6HS
  • Head: Mrs Samantha Gibbons
  • T 01612 240447
  • F 01612 246192
  • E [email protected]…
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 4 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Manchester
  • Pupils: 238
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £9,240 - £12,600 pa
  • Open days: Whole School Working Day Tours Friday 12th November 2021 10.00am – 12noon; Whole School Open Morning Saturday 20th November 2021 9.30am – 12.30pm; Prep Open Morning Saturday 12th March 2022 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Manchester High School for Girls

What says..

The atmosphere is academic right from the start. In reception, we did see girls dashing about in the spacious outdoor learning area, but the children indoors were doing subtraction sums - with impeccable handwriting and no mistakes. MHSG is clearly proud of the feminist legacy of the Pankhurst sisters, its most famous old girls. The school has recently rebranded and redesigned the uniform, drawing on the colours of the Suffragette movement - but at the same time moving forwards...


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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of the Preparatory Department

Since September 2021, Samantha Gibbons.


Assessment of pre-schoolers is informal - as you’d expect. Girls applying for entry at 4+ are invited into school to take part in activities where staff observe them and interact with them. School says they’re not looking for knowledge so much as teachability. It doesn’t matter if the children have never come across a particular concept before, but can they grasp a new idea when it’s explained to them? Selection for entry at 7+ is based on tests (in maths, English, problem solving and cognitive ability) and reports from previous schools. Children work at a fast pace here and selection is to make sure that every child who’s offered a place will keep up and be happy.

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Special Education Needs

A part-time member of staff is employed to support specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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