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This school is small enough to tailor make education for individual girls, and flexible teaching accommodates the need for elite athletes to train and travel around the country to tournaments, whilst still providing a rigorous education. But although there are the elite - and yes they are cool - genuine efforts are made to encourage all: there are some 56 rowers and 70 netball players of all abilities turn up to training sessions. One parent said they are always coming up with weird...

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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.

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Since 2010, Mrs Angharad Holloway, previously head of MFL and IB at The Royal High School, Bath. Married, with two girls at the junior school. Mrs Holloway has made some 'fantastic changes,' said a parent, who described the the previous head as somewhat old fashioned. Not so Mrs Holloway, who is gently updating school, curriculum and thinking with a largely conservative constituency of parents. Lively energy - 'enthusiastic all the time,’ said one mum. Not goaded by Jeremy Paxman on his visit, so unlikely to be shaken by much.

Keen her girls should have coping strategies for life, and teaches women and leadership to her 12 year olds, who end the course understanding not just about leadership, but also work/life balance and the right to flexible working. Teaches international politics to...

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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.

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