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Pastoral care uniformly ‘phenomenal’ according to parents. In a competitive landscape of academic hothouses and sharp elbows, Queenswood seems elevated to a higher stratosphere permeated by kindness and support. Sure, there are ‘friendship issues’ like everywhere else, but students told us that anything over and above day to day spats ‘gets shut down really quickly’. Head describes communication between staff as ‘phenomenal’ and mental health issues amongst the students such as anxiety or eating disorders are ‘few and far between’. Parents rave about...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Basic Communication Skills at an English Independent School (Graded Drama Music Lit Speech)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Japanese at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.



Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


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Since 2016, Joanna Cameron BSc PGCE (40s). Educated at St Stephen’s College, Broadstairs where she was a boarder from age 7 (pony in tow) followed by A levels at Moira House School, Eastbourne. Degree in environmental science from St Mary’s College, University of Surrey, where she stayed to complete PGCE with specialism in biology. Considered a career in either the RAF or police force, but was ‘inspired by my own love of school’ to eschew a life in uniform and pursue the path of teaching, firm in the belief that ‘every girl should have great opportunities’. First teaching post was at St Mary’s, Wantage, where she became head of science, followed by a stint at St Gabriel’s, Newbury, before becoming deputy head at Ipswich High School in 2013. Headship of an all girls’ boarding...

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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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Special Education Needs

Queenswood provides learning support to girls assessed as needing additional help with their studies. Pupils are given individualised support in conjunction with their lessons and each has a tailored programme to suit their needs while engaging in the curriculum at large. There is a charge for assessment and support. 09-09

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

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