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You’ll be hard pushed to find a parent that doesn’t reference the pastoral offering as the key strength of the school. ‘Girls don’t feel under pressure to be a certain way or certain type here and they’re very supportive of each other,’ said one. Girls and parents alike praise teachers for ‘going well beyond the call of duty’ – with staff always available, including out of hours by email and running subject clinics where necessary. We can vouch for the fact that it serves excellent food, with the fish pie we were served easily of dinner party standard...

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What the school says...

Sutton High School provides an academically rigorous and challenging education for girls within the framework of a caring and supportive community, where there is no embarrassment in working hard or being successful. The vast majority of leavers secure their first choice universities including Oxbridge. But this is no academic hot-house. There is a raft of extracurricular activities - Art, Drama, Music and Sport, as well as a wide range of exciting trips at home and overseas. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2012, Katharine Crouch BSc NPQH (50s). Biology degree from Leicester. Joined Sutton High School in 2003 and has held many roles including head of biology, head of pastoral and deputy head. Before that she worked at South Hampstead High and Tiffin Girls’ school. Still teaches biology and PSHE when she can. ‘Having a teaching role is important in keeping me rooted in what we are all here for,’ she says. Girls say, ‘It means we see her not just as a figurehead, but someone who really gets the day-to-day education bit.’

A jolly, convivial and candid woman who gives a warts-and-all version of school life (‘Our Victorian buildings with character can present some challenges for teaching’; ‘Our PTA was not a thriving place’ etc), she makes a refreshing change...

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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.

Special Education Needs

In both Junior and Senior School the Learning Support Co-ordinator works with staff to ensure that teaching meets the special needs of those girls who have been identified by the educational psychologist as having dyslexia or dyspraxia. In Junior School individual EAL support and dyslexia provision is available from two specialists. In Senior School individual EAL support is available from a specialist and girls wishing to take 9 rather than 10 GCSE's receive Study Support from the Learning Support Co-ordinator. Teachers have many years' experience with gifted and talented children. The range of extra-curricular activities and the challenges inherent in the teaching and learning approach ensures gifted and talented pupils thrive.

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