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Keen to break down the perception of the school as an academic hothouse – introduced new policy guaranteeing a place at the senior school from the end of year 5, so no need to cram boys for the entrance exam, which has enabled a new focus on the creative arts and more languages provision. Has also extended the range of clubs – wants to develop the boys as...

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Since 2013, Mrs Clare Bruce MA (early 40s). Educated at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow, read English at St Andrews and did PGCE at Loughborough. Spent two years in business. First teaching post at Grace Dieu Manor School in Leicestershire, then moved to Derby Grammar School. Head of Derby Grammar Junior School for four years. Has two children and enjoys reading and keeping fit in her spare time.


Individual assessment through games activities used to assess potential for learning for reception children, and national curriculum based numeracy and literacy assessment for years 1 and 2, plus classroom based practical activities observation (for both).

For entry to junior school, exam in English and maths based on national curriculum and reasoning, plus observation during an afternoon's activities, to assess social skills, and informal interview...

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