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Most subjects are taught by class teachers but science is led by a dynamic former research scientist from King’s College London. She teaches girls from year 1 and enthuses them about the subject from the start – everything from snail races to learning how to purify water. ‘We need to get girls passionate about science from a young age,’ she says...

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Head

Since September 2021, Kate Bevan, previously head of the junior school at Ibstock Place. She kicked off her teaching career in St Margaret’s before spending 13 years at Danes Hill School - including as head of year, head of history and director of studies - before moving to Ibstock Place. She is also an alumna and serving governor at The Tiffin Girls' School.

Entrance

The two main entry points are 4+ and 7+. At 4+, 100 applicants try for 40 places – two reception classes of 20 each. The girls are observed in groups of three or four doing ‘nursery style activities’ (playing, interacting and talking to junior school teachers). No formal reading or writing required. At 7+, 30 to 40 apply for an additional eight year 3 places. Girls are tested in maths, writing and...

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