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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Business Studies & Econs at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

Curricula

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

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.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2009, Claire Hewitt BSc (early 50s). Was previously head teacher of King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth (her one and only foray into the state sector) and before that she taught chemistry at Sheffield High, Fulneck School and Harrogate Ladies’ College. Her own education was at Wakefield Girls’ High School and then she went on to do a chemistry degree and a PGCE at Sheffield University.

Mrs Hewitt is friendly, approachable and above all passionate about her work at MHSG. ‘I’ve really found my home here,’ she says. She’s one to seek the opinions of others; each term she holds ‘frank’ parents’ forums where parents are invited to say whatever’s on their minds. ‘She listens and she responds quickly,’ said one happy customer. She often invites groups of...

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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