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In keeping with the head’s belief that ‘the current curriculum by itself no longer delivers what young people need,’ there’s tons of enrichment at all levels and all girls study PE, RE and life skills alongside their other subjects. EPQ taken by over half the sixth formers, with recent examples including neuroscience and philosophy. We saw girls participating in virtual university tours and were impressed by their questions. Drama and dance are an important part of daily life, with many students going on to study at Arts Ed and other theatre schools. Seating 280 people, and with a large stage, an orchestra pit and professional-level lighting, the arts centre offers…


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What the school says...

At Pipers Corner all girls are supported and challenged to achieve their full potential. Academically successful, our girls progress to further study at Oxbridge and other top universities or specialist dance, drama and music colleges. All girls benefit from involvement in an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities and the use of the excellent facilities offered on our 36 acre site.

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Since 2007, Helen Ness-Gifford (50s). Studied English lit at Exeter; PGCE from Cambridge. First job was as English teacher and then head of year at St Albans High School for Girls, followed by 12 years at Queenswood School where she was head of English.

Dynamic and straight-talking, yet also embodies the humility that characterises this school. While there is no shortage of highly branded schools that shout their straplines from local rooftops, this is not one of them – it’s not even massively visible in High Wycombe itself. ‘We don’t need to be a famous school to do a brilliant job for our girls,’ says Mrs Ness-Gifford from her wood panelled office.

Proud of the team of teachers she now has (‘the best I’ve worked with in 33...

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