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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 January 2021, Eleanor Losse. Previously head of Hursthead Junior School and a trustee of The Kirststead Education Trust. Educated at Cheadle Hulme School. MA in geography and PGCE, both from Edinburgh University. Well-travelled, having taught primary years in Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Cheshire. Has also served as a lead moderator for KS2 writing.


Selection is by an assessment day. There is no set number of places to fill – it’s just about finding the boys who will thrive at MGS. During the day, boys are taught in groups of 8-12. They’re taught unfamiliar material – in maths and a topic-based lesson – and then they’ll be tested on what they’ve learnt. They’ll also be asked to do some creative writing. None of it is on the national curriculum so boys shouldn’t try to prepare...

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