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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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