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At sixth form, girls can choose between A levels or IB – the only school in Bath which offers it. Music is exceptionally well blessed with the fabulous new Steinway music school, complete with eponymous pianos, charming recital space – and head of department simply bursting with pride. DT has a well-equipped space with two-headed laser printer and other wizardry, both new and tried and trusted. RHSB girls do very well in this subject, maybe because there are no boys or…

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Royal High School Bath is a secret gem of a school that gives girls confidence, capability and a strong set of values needed to underpin success at university, throughout careers and in achieving aspirations in every aspect of life. It is a leading independent boarding and day school for girls aged 3-18, offering a seamless journey with four unique experiences from the Nursery to the Prep School, Senior School to Sixth Form (offering A levels as well as the International Baccalaureate). Its an all-through, all-encompassing, all-girls education that delivers outstanding academic results and nurtures self assured, courteous and articulate young women who are aware of, and who can achieve, their full potential.

Established in 1864 and set in beautiful grounds within walking distance of the centre of Bath - a city combining history and tradition with a vibrant, contemporary cultural scene - Royal High School Bath is inclusive and caring, the perfect place for girls to study, have fun, make friends, enjoy life and develop a global perspective in education.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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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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Since March 2024, Hadrian Briggs (acting head). Previously academic deputy, a role in which he led on all matters relating to the curriculum and teaching and learning. His first teaching post was at Bristol Grammar School, where he was also head of house. He then moved to The Red Maids' School in Bristol as head of RS and IB co-ordinator. He has worked as an RS examiner for OCR/AQA as well as for IB philosophy and theory of knowledge. Currently an ISI team inspector with an interest in school music, drama and the work of pupils in the local and global community.


Mostly at year 7 by means of the school’s own entrance assessment (creative writing), if coming from anywhere other than the prep school (eg local primaries and other preps), plus interview where they...

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Please note: 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

As a selective independent school we provide support for a very few students who are neurodiverse and have learning differences such as dyslexia. We offer a palette of provision for learning support at four levels: Level 1 - We provide learning profiles for every student with a learning difficulty to assist class/subject teachers. Level 2 – In addition to differentiated and scaffolded learning in class, some students can receive support from the class teaching assistant to help them and other students access the material in class and remain focused. Level 3 –Certain students are invited to group sessions with a qualified member of the Learning Support department to work on improving their learning skills. And optional Level 4- Individual support alongside the previous levels can be offered by arrangement to allow enhanced support. Parents will pay for this additional tuition. Support time is often timetabled outside of lesson times to cause minimum disruption to the students academic day. We always value regular contact with parents, believing that working in partnership is the foundation of student progress and success. The Learning Support department provides support for your child to help them improve confidence, independence with learning and develop study habits to reach their potential. Our school is also a boarding school and we offer support for English as an additional language.

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) Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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