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‘I cannot imagine a single girl ever feeling bored or uninspired at NGHS as there really is something for everyone,’ enthuses a parent. Although an academic school, the co-curriculum does not play second fiddle. Excellence in sport, music and drama is among the head’s top priorities. She has seen to it that the timetable was rearranged to allow students to take part in sport as well as the performing arts and activities are now timetabled before school from 8.15am as well as at lunchtimes and after school. Students may miss...

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Entrance examinations consist of: 7 & 11: Written test (involving numerical skills & reasoning) & interview. 16: 8 GCSEs at an average of grade B (including A/B grades in subjects to be pursued).

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Since April 2016, Julie Keller. Degree in economic and social history from Leicester. Joined as deputy head in 2011 before taking on the executive headship of the junior school then the senior headship. Previous experience included working in a demanding Nottinghamshire mixed comprehensive, in pastoral leadership and as a head of history.

A fast-talking, confident dynamo; passionate about single sex education and has everyone in the school behind her vision. ‘At NGHS pupils learn without limits,’ she says. ‘There are no gender stereotypes, no taboo subjects and nothing to hold our girls back. At an all-girls school, pupils speak up and speak out. They use their voices and aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. NGHS pupils do what they love in an environment that caters to their needs, and that’s...

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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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The school is committed to being as inclusive as possible of girls with SEN, within a framework of high academic expectations. There are currently 35 names on the learning support register. The majority have a mild to moderate specific learning difficulty. There are also a small number of students with hearing and visual impairments and with dyspraxic and dyscalculic tendencies. In the junior department a small number of girls receive extra tuition from a specialist teacher, but in the senior school the girls' needs are provided for within mainstream classes. Learning support co-ordinators in both departments assess, advise and monitor the progress of girls with identified needs and inform and support teachers in meeting them. Teachers in junior and senior departments have specialist teacher status for assessment of specific learning difficulties. The recent inspection report describes the SEN provision as "effective" and "sensitive". The school would happily discuss applications from girls with any kind of SEN. We believe that a happy girl is a successful girl and that all girls, regardless of their different learning capabilities and needs, should have the same opportunities to succeed. Our Head of Learning Support, Cate Harvey, specialises in dyslexia and autism and has many years’ experience working with pupils with special educational needs. In addition to this, our School Nurse, Brenda Williams, is vastly experienced and works closely with Cate to ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of each and every girl. Our approach is to identify any issues as early as possible and make sure that girls with are listened to and feel valued members of the school community. We integrate pupils as fully as possible into life at the school and offer full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education, including an appropriate curriculum.

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