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Parents like the way the school has kept its traditions (pupils celebrate the school’s birthday every year) while being innovative and forward-thinking too. A father told us his daughter had ‘come on leaps and bounds confidence-wise’ at the school’ while a sixth former said: ‘I was very shy when I got here but they find something you’re good at and help you flourish...’ 

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Since September 2023, Tracy Harris, previously head of Parkstone Grammar School and senior deputy head of South Wilts Grammar School.

She grew up in Christchurch and read history at the University of Exeter, where she also studied for her PGCE. She’s currently completing a master’s in psychology, exploring cognition and learning, along with child development. Her subject specialisms are history and politics and she has been an Ofsted inspector for eight years. She has worked as a school improvement adviser for two secondary schools, including a selective school. A keen amateur musician, she plays in a brass band in her spare time.


Pupils starting in years 7 to 10 take the school’s own entrance exam, with six papers in English, maths and verbal reasoning. Around 10 arrive in the sixth form.

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Special Education Needs

As well as meeting the needs of Gifted and Talented pupils, we aim to identify and assess a child's Special Educational Needs as early as possible, so that the individual can be helped to overcome difficulties and attain her full potential. Where possible, this is done before entry to the school. Once identified, appropriate support strategies are implemented to enable the pupil to integrate fully into the school. Children requiring additional support will have a weekly lesson with the SENCO, either in a small group or individually, according to need. These lessons can be used to boost weaknesses in reading/comprehension/grammar/spelling/written and speaking skills/study skills and revision techniques. The EAL teacher tutors girls individually after school in the boarding house. Progress of all children on the SEN register is monitored termly by means of a meeting with the SENCO and a representative from each faculty. Parents and pupils are kept informed of progress.

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