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Doesn’t appear in league tables, which can put off local tiger mums, but the school does academically better than it’s sometimes perceived to. In fact, it is now a serious contender in the competitive local market, with top notch facilities also a pull for many families. Teachers adept at drawing the best out of everyone, whatever their abilities, and the emphasis on the arts and extracurricular means girls leave well-rounded and confident. Nurturing, but not ...

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Meet Royal Masonic School for Girls at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 711

What the school says...

The Royal Masonic is a distinctive girls' day and boarding school occupying a stunning 300 acre site within 30 minutes of Central London. RMS accepts girls from a relatively wide range of ability and offers an exceptionally broad curriculum. Sport, art, textiles, design technology and the performing arts are all outstanding features. RMS girls are encouraged and supported within a nurturing community to fulfil their potential, both academically and personally. Our results represent outstanding added value. Girls emerge as highly qualified, confident young women with excellent interpersonal skills. They go on to achieve highly at university and in the world of work ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Additional Science at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Performing Arts at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

Other features

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.

Sports

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

Fencing

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since January 2017, Kevin Carson BA MPhil PGCE (40s), previously co-interim head at The Grammar School at Leeds. His teaching career began in a single sex girls’ school, following which he headed up the English and drama departments at Cheltenham College and subsequently Abingdon School, also taking on the role of resident tutor in boarding houses in both schools. He particularly championed equal opportunities for his female tutees within Cheltenham’s co-educational environment.

Original plan was to go into academia, but after spending ‘more time in the library than with people’ while doing his postgrad, he ‘realised a more sociable career might suit me better.’ Became so passionate about teaching as soon as he’d tried it that ‘friends said I talked about nothing else – not even small talk,’ he laughs. Still...

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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.

Special Education Needs

At RMS we recognise that at some stage in their academic careers all pupils will require specific help of some kind. We endeavour to monitor the pupils throughout and offer a number of services to support their learning. Individual subject teachers, form staff and special needs staff liaise closely to address this area. During the first term of Year 7 we undertake a literacy-screening programme that assesses spelling, comprehension and word recognition. This indicates whether extra support is required and pupils may be asked to attend the Spelling or Reading Skills or, if specific help is necessary, one-to-one support sessions can be arranged with our special needs teacher. The school offers a programme of specialised help for those who experience dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties and parents are welcome to contact the SENCo if they have concerns in this or any other area. Gifted pupils benefit from a wide range of national competitions and participation in FORUM, a special programme for gifted children, in addition to differentiation within the daily curriculum. Specialist support can also be provided for pupils with English as an additional language. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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