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Pulls in the grades. But these achievements come without sense that they’re the be all and end all of anyone’s existence. ‘Feels unpressurised in a way that not many private schools do around here – lots of encouragement to have a life and enjoy other things than study.’ ‘My daughter is stretched, but never stressed.’ Etc. It’s rowing, rowing and more rowing for many of the girls, though probably fewer than ...

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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

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Since September 2023, Debbie Picton, previously senior deputy head at Bancroft's School. She read classics at Oxford and began her career at Highgate School, rising to become deputy head of sixth form and head of higher education. She later worked at North London Collegiate School as assistant head and director of sixth form. She has two children, is part of the Women Leaders’ Network for the Association of School and College Leaders and is a mentor for the HMC's Women in Senior Leadership network.


Main intake of up to 96 places in year 7 – about 45/55 per cent split between state/independent feeders. Usually around three or four at 13+ on deferred entry. Candidates (about two per place) sit English and maths exams. Around three to four come in at sixth form - places dependent...

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