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Broad intake, coupled with commendable performance, places school at pinnacle of Hertfordshire's value-added tables. Languages are hot here, with most girls taking two at GCSE and one to A level. Japanese really gaining momentum from year 8 up. A school for budding international sports stars – 'We love watching sports and it's a joy to be part of a school that wins'. Rehearsals for Sweeney Todd in the rehearsal space when we visited – great gusto on display. Celebrated its 120th anniversary in style with a music, drama and dance extravaganza...

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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)

Curricula

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

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since September 2016, Joanna Cameron, previously deputy head of Ipswich High. Degree in environmental science from Surrey; she has taught science at St Mary's Wantage and was a member of the senior leadership team at St Gabriel's in Newbury. A keen sportswoman, with a passion for running, hockey and equestrianism, she is married to David and they have two sons.

Academic matters

A level/Pre-U results strong. In 2016, 73 per cent of grades were A*-B in the 23 subjects offered and 51 per cent A*/A. Forty per cent of students gained at least three A*/A grades, while over 20 per cent of all grades achieved were A* – the highest ever tally for the school. Broad intake, coupled with commendable performance, places school at pinnacle of Hertfordshire's value-added tables. Languages are hot here, with most girls...

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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
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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