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Where does school’s heartbeat lie, we asked, sport, drama, music or academia? None of the above, according to girls – but all are drawn together by a common thread of enthusiasm and a ‘can-do’ attitude. As with any high- flying girls’ school worth its proverbial, much focus placed on ensuring mental well-being and happiness and girls show strong understanding of the balance between ‘competitive edge’ and being more relaxed: ‘It’s a bit like the relationship between…

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St Albans High School for Girls is an independent day school which is affiliated to the Church of England. Our vision is to provide an exciting and challenging education that fosters independence, creativity and risk-taking within a caring community. We encourage girls to set themselves ambitious goals, both intellectually and personally. We promote critical and creative thinking,and place a strong emphasis on independent research and investigation. Our commitment to the creative arts is evident in our new performing arts, design and technology centre. When your daughter comes to us, she will be nurtured by expert house mistresses and tutors who will take an overview of her academic and personal development. The High School is a vibrant and supportive community where girls thrive. ...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.

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Since 2014, Mrs Jenny Brown (40s). Educated at North London Collegiate before reading English at Oxford. With both parents English teachers ‘it was the very last thing I wanted to do,’ she says, instead taking a job at Robert Maxwell’s publishing house (thankfully too young to invest in pensions) – ‘the last word in really dull jobs’. Escaped to teach English at Cranleigh (‘like coming home’), followed by Highgate School, South Hampstead High, Channing and St Paul’s Girls where she was director of senior school. Still adores the ‘sheer joy’ of teaching and takes a ‘gluttonous’ approach to indulging this passion, teaching year 7 creative writing (‘she makes girls really think’, say parents), and parts of the A level syllabus to sixth form: ‘incredibly useful to keep in touch with what’s going on around...

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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.

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Special Education Needs

We have a qualified specialist teacher who undertakes diagnostic assessments. Girls are given individual and group tuition tailored to suit and accommodate particular needs. Nov 09.

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