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Best suited to the more motivated girl, but that doesn’t mean they’re all brainboxes: ‘My daughter won’t set the world alight with her results, and is currently in bottom set for maths, but she’s happy there because it’s a class of six and her confidence is growing because of that.’ The GCSE artwork on display was evidence that the head of art is keeping her promise of encouraging self-expression. ‘Women’s rights are human rights,’ proclaimed one thought-provoking piece that questioned if, for example, make-up is a mask and housework deadens the soul. Sculpture, drawing, digital, printing, photography all present and correct. Sport is undoubtedly a strength, and that goes for the elite end too. As for whether the school is a comfortable place for the less sporty…

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What the school says...

Northampton High School 11+ entrance examinations consist of: maths and English multiple choice papers. No past papers given but practice papers can be bought from high street retailers and via the internet.

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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.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

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Since July 2022, Dr May Lee, previously director of sixth form and outreach at Queen’s Gate School, London. Grew up in Hong Kong, read geography at King’s College London and has a PhD in urban rivers and engineering. Independent girls’ schools are all she’s known, having attended Cheltenham Ladies’ College as a boarder, then – after qualifying as a teacher through the Graduate Teacher Programme – working across three independent girls’ day schools. Adamant that a single-sex environment allows girls to be ‘free from stereotypes’ and ‘able to express their opinions with conviction’, a philosophy parents and students strongly support. She pounced at the chance of landing this role – she’d been looking to move to Northampton, where her husband has strong family roots, and it is the only independent girls’ school in the...

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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

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 enhancement department who provide support in class, individual and group sessions.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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