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Diamond model from years 7-11 with boys and girls taught separately; pupils pretty neutral about this but parents feel it works well. Pupils very engaged in house or extra-curricular activities, not a place where pupils hang around without purpose at breaktimes. They tell us that they feel very comfortable in their school environment and that the house system plays a big part in this, as well as developing self-confidence. More than one of the students we met mentioned  'friendly competition' and how it’s valued.  Parents found that some year groups are more ...


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The Grammar School at Leeds is one of the UK's leading independent co-educational schools. It enjoys the heritage of both Leeds Grammar School and Leeds Girls' High School with a lineage traceable back to 1552 and a long history of academic excellence. It benefits from a magnificent site on the outskirts of the north of Leeds.

The school provides fully co-educational teaching for ages 3-11, a mixed pastoral environment with single sex teaching for ages 11-16, and a fully co-educational sixth form.
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Since 2016, Sue Woodroofe BA PGCE NPQH (mid 50s) previously principal of the British School in Brussels (BSB). English degree from Liverpool, career teacher trained at Durham in English and history, master’s in educational leadership. Worked in a range of British independent and state schools until a family move took her to Belgium. She joined BSB as deputy head of the secondary school in 2004, becoming head of senior school in 2006 and appointed principal in 2011.

Welcoming, enthusiastic, an easy conversationalist, Mrs Woodroofe is the first female principal of GSAL since its formation in 2008 from the merged boys’ grammar and Headingley based girls’ high school. It's a move in the right direction say parents who say they like that she is very visible and approachable. Works closely with two...

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Special Education Needs

We are aware that sometimes able pupils may have special learning difficulties, notably those associated with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Our policy is to welcome such pupils. Experience shows these children make good progress in our structured and supportive environment. We undertake a screening programme for all new pupils to the school, to identify learning difficulties. This is conducted by our specialist dyslexia teacher who is also responsible for teaching those pupils who have been identified as having a special need. This teaching is in small groups or individually, usually on a weekly basis. Regular reports and feedback is given to parents and teachers to establish an integrated support strategy. This is part of the LGS curriculum provision and there is no extra cost to parents. In addition, any pupils who have already been identified as dyslexic before entering GSAL are assessed by our specialist teacher and then offered extra support lessons where appropriate. Please direct any queries to our Learning Needs Co-ordinator, who will be happy to discuss related matters with you.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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