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Middle-class? You bet – this is affluent Harpenden. Boarders mainly from further afield, with around 55 per cent of these from overseas. As a non-selective school regularly delivering high results, parents can bank on St George’s knocking it out of the park when it comes to value-added. Possibly the best art department of any school for miles around – ‘the pride of the school,’ say students. A few parents feel the sport is a bit…

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Highly successful and heavily oversubscribed. Popular boarding - 130 boys and girls come from the UK and around the world with Middle East ex pat families well represented. A non-denominational Christian school where regular Sunday Chapel attendance is compulsory for all pupils in Y7-11 three times each term.

Recent building work has provided new Languages Centre and Sports Hall. Sixth form hugely popular. Uniform, discipline and an ethos of respect and values are at the heart of the school. Pastoral care and student life is based round the exceptionally strong Houses system, which also provides a range of competitions and extra-curricular activities. The Prefect and House Captain system gives students responsibility at early stage and students are fiercely loyal to their House.

The School has an extensive programme of major sports, music, performance and other events. School trips, visits and international exchanges bring a richness to the experience of the students during their time at St George's. No early entry for GCSE as school believes in enriching all courses and allowing pupils the chance to develop skills in sports, drama, music and other areas of curriculum. Rugby and Lacrosse winter sports very strong, Music has many orchestras and ensembles, Art exceptionally wide ranging. Not a school that seeks to inflate grade record but one that centres on the individual. Sixth Form record impressive - all major universities represented each year. The school's motto is 'Aim Higher' and this is demonstrable in the school attitude to everything that it does.
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Since 2017, Helen Barton BA PGCSE MEd (50s). Previously deputy head since 2008 and assistant head since 2005. Following a degree in geography (University of Wales), she trained as an accountant before seeing the light and taking a PGCE (Institute of Education). Taught geography at Stopsley High School, Luton then Marriotts School, Stevenage (‘difficult but rewarding’) before moving into the independent sector at what is now Bedford Girls’ School. No longer teaches – ‘it’s a very busy school and it’s hard, as a head, to have consistency in the classroom’ – but does break and lunch duties and nobody could say she’s remote.

Affable, pragmatic and straight talking, with a clear sense of ownership of the school (‘my staff’, ‘my pupils’, ‘my classroom dynamics’ etc). Parents – a discerning bunch –...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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