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Shy, retiring types these girls are not. Sunny, energetic, inquisitive and confident, the SHJS pupil sets out to grab life by the lapels. Girls are given the opportunity to perform on a daily basis whether it be standing up in class to tell a visitor what they are doing, debating with their peers and in competitions or performing in plays and assemblies...

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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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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress of junior school

Since 2019, Caroline Spencer BSc (Leeds) MSc (Sheffield) PGCE (Nottingham). Previously head of Francis Holland Junior School. A thoroughbred from the teaching stable, her father was head of a large comprehensive, Heanor Gate in Derbyshire where she was a pupil, her mother was deputy head at a rival comprehensive. Ms Spencer began her career in academia at the Institute of Work Psychology at Sheffield University before being ineluctably drawn back to the world of schools and teaching. ‘I have never been someone with a five-year plan,’ she confesses, ‘but when I see an opportunity, I seize it.’

Her teaching career started at a state primary in Fulham, with a short stint at the Merlin school in Putney, moved seamlessly to international schools in Sydney, Australia, then back...

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