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This GDST school plays to its strengths: girls’ education. They know the young female mind inside out and backwards and this is reflected in the way these girls are taught. Pressure is kept to a minimum and perfectionists taught to embrace imperfections. Girls quickly find their voice and excel academically because of it. Female empowerment comes from the top down and….


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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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Julie Keller, who is Nottingham born and bred and very proud of her roots. Read economic and social history at Leicester. Always wanted to teach but with no great ambition to be a head. Taught at tough co-ed comprehensives in the city (she attended one herself) and ‘I was good at what I did.’ Gradually fell out of love with the state sector and saw the role of deputy head advertised for Nottingham Girls’. ‘I had started to see that girls were being neglected in co-ed schools. Not deliberately, granted, but I was starting to worry about the girls’ education. Girls were being used to keep the boys quiet and were mainly compliant, so I saw the job, applied and got it.’ Joined in 2011 and became head in 2016. ‘Girls here are definitely...

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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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Special Education Needs

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.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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