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The site has been transformed in recent years – a dazzling reworking of the central core of the school retained the school’s period façade and a sleek glass extension has been added at the rear, with a spacious library, ultra-modern assembly hall, music recital hall, recording studio and sports hall. The extension looks out over a tree-lined courtyard with lots of benches to sit on during the summer months. Parents like the school’s size. ‘It’s like Goldilocks,’ said one. ‘Neither too hot nor too cold. Neither too big nor too small...’

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Entrance criteria as follows: 11+ - English, Maths. Then interview for all candidates. 12+ English, Maths and modern language. 16+: As in A level subjects and Bs in all. Short interviews and aptitude test.

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Since January 2017, Matthew Shoults MA (40s). Educated at King’s College School, Wimbledon, then read classics at Worcester College, Oxford. Spent two years on the civil service’s graduate fast track scheme before deciding he wanted to be a teacher. After doing a PGCE at Cambridge he taught classics at King’s, his old school, for four years. Moved to North London Collegiate School as head of classics, becoming deputy head and then senior deputy. After 12 years there he was appointed to the top job at Notting Hill and Ealing High School.

The first male head in the school’s 145-year history, he was struck from the start by its warmth and friendliness. During his first visit one girl told him: ‘It’s a school of conversations,’ while another said: ‘The teachers trust and...

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We do not cater for specific special needs, nor do we promote the school as being suited to children with special needs. All that is written below should be seen in that light. Some girls are found to be affected by mild dyslexia or dyspraxia, and one or two have physical difficulties eg some sensory impairment, or another specific difference which may affect their learning or ability to cope in school. This is a selective school, and all successful candidates are selected primarily on academic grounds with any SEN being taken into account, but not to the extent of ignoring the nature of our competitive entry procedure and provision. No girl is admitted, whatever her situation, if we do not consider she is likely to thrive here. We work with other agencies as necessary where relevant as best we can. In the junior school there is additional private tuition available on-site where needed for mathematics and English. In the senior school there is a specialist special needs consultant who comes weekly to give one-to-one advice, at the school's expense. Significant support is not available in school, but all staff do what they can to help each girl make confident progress, whatever her situation. Both ends of the school have a special needs co-ordinator, who is interested in gifted and talented needs as well as disabilities. Senior girls are able to take part in the government's Gifted and Talented scheme when they are recommended to do so, based on MIDYIS scores. Several do this. While we do all we can to help all our pupils, whatever their situation, we do not offer the depth of support which parents are presumably looking for when consulting an SEN guide.

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