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The common claim to prioritise a broad education is undoubtedly justified here: many parents chose the school amidst a plethora of offers from other London powerhouses for this very reason. ‘It really does feed a broader intellectual curiosity,’ said one. The recently renovated music department and singing hall - ‘where Holst and Miss Gray [the then high mistress] listened to girls singing’ - are an important nerve centre of the school. Lacrosse is the main sport, with 7.30am practices for team players (‘they all love it, so it’s fine’, commented a less devoted pupil)...

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What the school says...

11+ entrance examination begins with online cognitive testing (November) to provide smaller cohort to sit the maths, English and comprehension papers in January. Girls are interviewed after taking exams. 16+ applicants are examined in the subjects they want to take at A level or Pre-U and those shortlisted are then invited for interview in those subjects alongside a general interview. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chinese at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chinese at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says

High mistress

Since 2006, Ms Clarissa Farr MA, who previously spent 14 years at Queenswood, the last 10 as head. She has also taught English in Hong Kong, in a Bristol comprehensive and in a sixth form college in Farnborough.

As the established incumbent of one of the most exposed headships in the land, she exudes an elegant, intellectual confidence that could intimidate nervous potential parents and pupils. ‘She seemed aloof initially,’ said a mother, ‘but she’s much warmer when you get to meet her.’ As a parent commented, ‘You could easily get the wrong impression of her – she seems like a cut-glass ladies’ college type - but my daughter really likes her.’ ‘Mine is really scared of her,’ admitted another, ‘but I noticed that the head girl and her team...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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