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Not top of the highly competitive north London academic tree, but no slouch. ‘We are more interested in value added and in the girls being happy than pure results,’ says the school, though all agree academics are on a steep upward trajectory, with more stretch, exploration, academic risk taking and critiquing both in prep and senior. ‘I have noticed a huge difference between my older and younger daughter in terms of academic rigour,’ was a typical parent comment. Lessons meticulously planned and executed, with everything crisper as they get older, but without – insist the girls – undue pressure. No stone unturned, it seems, from…

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Interim Headmistress

Since September 2023, Tracy Pollard (interim headmistress). An experienced leader with a strong collaborative style, she has worked in education for more than 30 years and believes that each learner deserves the best possible education to fulfil their potential.

Her career started at William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester, where she became a pastoral specialist. Promotion to deputy head saw her move to Alderley Edge School for Girls, where she was responsible for school improvement and pupil attainment. Latterly, she was headmistress at Abbey Gate College near Chester.

She is a governor at two independent schools, The Grange School Hartford in Cheshire, and Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire. Passionate about the outdoors, she spends as much time as possible in the Lake District, walking and cycling. In...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
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
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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