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We were charmed by the lovely reading area for the juniors and the loft-style library. It definitely felt as if we had entered a bygone era - not a conventional school by any means (think the Brontës). In David and Goliath mode, the school is unafraid to compete with much larger north London schools like Channing, despite the fact that 'We often lose'. The head's view is that education is a 'can-do', 'must try' matter, and inspired by the celebrated art historian...

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Applications are considered throughout the year depending on the availability of places. Formal entry to Year 7 takes place via entrance examinations in January featuring an English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning test.

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Since 2008, Mark Webster BSc (50s). Educated at Highgate School and University College London (where he read psychology), PGCE at Cambridge. Spent 15 years at the Royal School, Hampstead (first in primary, then IT, psychology and maths, before becoming deputy and acting head). Never planned to become a teacher - 'If you'd asked me early on what job I wanted to do, I'd have said teaching was 999th out of 1000'. A chance encounter changed his mind. 'I was working in publishing, when I met someone who said their job in teaching was fantastic. I'd never met anyone who felt that way about work.' Now equally enthusiastic about his chosen profession, Mr Webster continues to be hands-on in his approach and still teaches mathematics.

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Special Education Needs

The school is able to support girls with moderate learning issues such as dyslexia, mild dyscalculia and dyspraxia. The school is small and we do not have the same depth of support that a larger school might be able to offer, but there are Junior and Senior SENCos, each with a responsibility to co-ordinate the process of supporting girls with diagnoses or evident weaknesses in particular areas. The majority of girls' needs are addressed by their teachers, as the small classes afford them time to offer more help to each girl in the room. However, where a girl requires extra support, individual or group support lessons complement the classroom help.

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