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Many girls’ schools would wilt under the news that the long established and renowned boys’ school just along the street was starting to take girls into all year groups. But the Girls’ High seems to relish the challenge. One of the first things the head has done is to ensure that girls can continue with both sport and the performing arts so there are not the timetable clashes that can cause such frustration. Girls email individual teachers with small queries about work and staff send much appreciated short emails to parents when…

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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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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.

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Since April 2016, Julie Keller (30s). Heads of single sex schools seem to fall into two categories – those who stress their school’s excellence with the single sex nature just being one of its characteristics and those who stress the excellence of the focused nature of the single sex education offer. Julie Keller is firmly in the latter camp. Not only is she passionate about single sex education but she has everyone in the school behind her vision. For Julie, only girls’ schools have the expertise to ensure the best education for the next generation of female leaders. And with her as a role model, Nottingham Girls’ High students should break every glass ceiling going.

Julie is a dynamo - fast talking, confident, absolutely on top of her game; she...

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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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