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We saw pictures of the year 2 (Raging Rivers) trip to the River and Rowing Museum; we viewed year 5’s Chinese pottery vases, dropped in on their Mandarin class and heard about their impromptu trip to Liverpool to see the Terracotta Army exhibition. Parents approve of the SHHS emphasis on inspirational and powerful women, which begins in the junior school. Year 5s learn about the Suffragettes (a then staff member spent time in Holloway prison), about Rebel Girls and significant Women Through Time. ‘It makes the curriculum meaningful to them’...

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What the school says...

The Junior School is a happy and stimulating place where each girl is given the individual encouragement and support she needs to flourish. Girls from Reception to Year 6 work and play together, developing an appreciation of co-operation, courtesy and mutual respect.

Standards of teaching are high and learning is marked by a sense of adventure. Girls are taught by a team of experienced and enthusiastic teachers who make education fun and take every opportunity to cultivate creativity, individuality and a love of learning. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress of junior school

Since September 2019, Caroline Spencer, previously head of Francis Holland Junior School.

Entrance

At 4+, some 250 apply, at least a year before start date, for the 24 reception places. At 7+ around 130 apply for 24 more places in year 3 (applications close in the November of the year before entry).

Reception assessment is play-based, in the November prior to entry, in similar age groups of 12-13 girls with four or five staff observing and interacting. ‘We’re looking for signs that they will benefit from the academic education we have to offer – for their ability to notice, examine, explain.’ A hundred of the 250 return in January in smaller groups when the school 'looks for a range of personality types' and aims at a balanced year group....

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