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A recent survey of student opinion found an unusually harmonious and caring atmosphere. ('The girls comfort you with kindness and help you if you are stuck,' said one.) The school's small scale means there's little danger of problems getting overlooked. 'We know everyone and there's no place to hide physically or emotionally,' says the head. 'Staff quickly spot if a girl who is normally happy is looking unhappy and pass on their comments straight away'...

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11+ Maths, English, Science & non-Verbal Reasoning. Prospective students called for interview upon achieving exam pass rate.

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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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Headmistress

Since January 2017, Wendy Kempster (50s) BSc PGCE. Originally from North Wales, Mrs Kempster studied maths at Reading University, where she went on to do her PGCE. Taught in Reading and Bristol, before moving north and taking time out when her children were young. Previously deputy head of Loughborough High, and assistant head and head of maths at Nottingham Girls' High. Attracted to PGHS because of the opportunity to know every girl: 'You can't do that in a school of 600 or 700.' Trained as an ISI inspector and an accredited advanced skills teacher, she's also been a school governor for over 15 years. Married to a fellow educator, she has three grown sons (all qualified or soon-to-be qualified as doctors). Enjoys singing, running, cycling, swimming, tennis - and mountains. 'I'm a country girl...

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