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Free from the constraints of the national curriculum, the MGS Junior School goes its own way – teaching pupils way more than just the fundamentals. The pupils we met loved the curriculum; ‘we’re not just counting frogs,’ said one boy, ‘we’re doing really difficult stuff like designing an eco-friendly house or learning about evolution.’ The atmosphere of the junior school is warm and accepting. In a school that dishes out lapel badges for all manner of achievements, we were heartened to learn that…

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Since 2008, Linda Hamilton BEd. Her roots are local – she was educated at Stretford Grammar School for Girls and then at Manchester University – but she’s also worked in Iraq, Qatar and Nigeria (her husband was an engineer in the oil industry). She set up a pre-school in Nigeria but her more recent teaching experience has been in British junior schools. Before coming to MGS she was deputy head at Altrincham Preparatory School.

Mrs Hamilton set up the MGS junior school. She led the development of the curriculum and admissions procedure and was closely involved with the design of the buildings. In 2008 it opened its doors to years 5 and 6 and, since 2011, it’s catered for years 3 and 4 as well.


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