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When questioned on their strapline ‘education like no other,’ the head commented, ‘Others would say that, but we put it into practice,’ and certainly we saw considerable evidence of this. Philosophy and classics for all in key stage 3 as well as creative use of cross-curricular deep learning enquiry – year 8 worked on designs for headmistress’ office and pop up house bases in new build, with presentation to building contractors in Spanish complete with sample…

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Since 2014, Hilary French MA Oxon MEd PGCE NPQH (early 60s). Head for 10 years of predecessor Central High, which merged with Newcastle upon Tyne Church High in September 2014 to form Newcastle High School for Girls.

A pupil at Sacred Heart Grammar School Newcastle, then a brief sortie south to study history at St Anne’s, Oxford, before returning to the north east for teaching qualification and career which began at Thornhill Comprehensive in Sunderland. Switched to independent sector at Dame Allan’s School, followed by four years as deputy head at Teesside Prep and High School, then five years as head.

Masterminded the £5m revamp of the junior school, Chapman House, in 2013 and £20m+ new build and refurbishment of the former Church High senior school site. The...

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