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Polite, respectful, genteel, even, girls in buttoned up yellow gingham wait to see who'll speak first - 'Everyone's really friendly, it's easy to make friends and if we spot someone on their own we'll ask them to join in'. One mum told us that it was ‘life changing’ for her daughters to come here after attending another, less academic, primary school. ‘After their first day they came home and said: “everybody’s so interesting!”’ 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...


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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of the preparatory department

Since January 2018, Helen Mortimer, previously deputy head of Manchester Grammar junior school, where she taught from 2008. Psychology degree from Sheffield.


Assessment of pre-schoolers is informal - as you’d expect. Girls applying for entry at key stage 1 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 to key stage 2 is based on tests (in maths, English, problem solving and cognitive ability) and reports from the applicants’ previous schools. Children work at a fast pace here and selection is to make...

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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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