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Amidst the academically competitive Surrey independent school sector, St Teresa’s has historically been perceived as the ‘pastoral’ school. Some might say an ‘easy option’. But the results are in and they’re looking good. In the prep girls are performing well above the national average. At senior level, grades are on the up. ‘Every school is academic,’ laughs the head before explaining, ‘it’s our bread and butter’. This is a nurturing, values-based education. ‘We’re a greenhouse, not a hothouse’ claims the school…

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Since 2019, Dr Claire McShane. At the school since 2013, firstly as assistant and then deputy head. State school educated, a love of literature propelled her to read medieval literature at Oxford and then a MPhil at Cambridge, before completing her PhD at Edinburgh. Bright as her dangly button earrings, there’s clearly a razor-sharp academic brain beneath the chic beehive updo. Always wanted to be a teacher because it allows her to be in touch with literature every day.

Began career at Merchiston Castle School, a boys’ boarding school. Has found her vocation teaching and leading girls who ‘need a bit more confidence boosting’ to thrive. Sartorially and scholarly sharp, she is an excellent role model for her Gen Z girls, who say her classics classes are great fun. Parents...

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Please note: 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

Pupils with SEN may work on a reduced timetable; individual support is given either in periods thus freed up or outside curriculum time. Touch to type programmes available; extra time, readers, scribes available if need indicated by EP report; all staff made aware of each child's need with appropriate recommended strategies.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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