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 Did we mention that Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst were pupils? Staff and pupils are inspired by the school’s history but the atmosphere is energetic and forward looking. The building is incredibly light and open. We didn’t see any gloomy corridors or dark corners; there are glass walls all over the place. No glass ceilings, though. The school recently ran Balance Week during which all pupils and teachers were encouraged to find their own work-life balance by pushing the homework to one side and trying out activities ranging from knitting to skateboarding...

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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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 September 2020, Helen Jeys BA (Durham), PGCE (Cambridge), who was previously deputy head here before moving to the headship of Alderley Edge School for Girls in 2016. First class honours in theology with ancient languages from Durham; she started her teaching career at Manchester Grammar, going on to lead religion & philosophy departments at Malvern Girls’ College, Hulme Grammar School for Boys and Manchester High School for Girls. Her previous roles here included seeing the first cohort of girls through the IB and heading years 8-11.


Almost all girls from the prep school go on to the senior school. (They don’t need to sit the entrance exams but any girl who’s found the prep school a struggle will be guided to a more appropriate secondary school.) But the majority come from any of 50...

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Please note: 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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Special Education Needs

The Special Needs Co-ordinator interviews each student for whom the school has received an Educational Psychologist's Report. An individual plan is drawn up, following discussion with the student and parents. This identifies the main areas with which the student has difficulty and sets targets. Information from the EP report is used to provide advice to staff. The Special Needs Co-ordinator conducts a review with the student to assess progress and identify further needs. The Special Needs Coordinator also helps to refer pupils for external assessment where relevant. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
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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