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Based around two courtyards; you walk in a full circle. ‘You don’t get lost because if you keep walking you end up back where you started,’ said our guide. One courtyard used for seating, the other for experiments along with a greenhouse. Excellent artwork on show with lots of choice from sculpting to drawing to photography.  Mention must go to the textiles work.  It’s not ordinary run of the mill stuff but high fashion and high standards.  Younger girls were making make up bags, having designed their own fabric first...

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Northampton High School 11+ entrance examinations consist of: maths, English and verbal reasoning (VR). No past papers given but practice papers can be bought from high street retailers and via the internet.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Additional Science at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Statistics at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Science (Core) at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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Headmistress

Since September 2015, Dr Helen Stringer (50s). History at Bristol followed by doctorate from Sussex and PGCE in London. Vast years experience of teaching girls - ‘they are able and competent’ - most recently at Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge; this is her first headship. Loved her subject so quickly knew she wanted to teach. Took six years to get her doctorate teaching in Brighton in the private sector at the same time. Quickly realised she loved teaching girls: ‘I’m passionate about opportunities for women and education opens doors for them.’ Likens education to gardening, ‘sow the seed and nurture.’

Small, softly spoken and quietly unassuming, but a true leader. Look behind the eyes and you see a deep passion and conviction. Parents ooze enthusiasm: ‘My daughters would follow her...

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Special Education Needs

SEN is a whole school issue. The school's aims are to provide equal opportunities to develop all students' talents and abilities to their full potential, ensuring that students with special educational needs have full access to the curriculum. With this in mind, these aims are met through a whole-school approach to Special Needs provision with all teaching staff taking responsibility for meeting individual needs. Additional support is available from the Learning Support Department who provide support in class, individual and group sessions.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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