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There is an immediate buzz as soon as you enter the school. Girls come across as well-mannered, happy, confident and eager to learn. Girls are given a teddy both on entering the junior as well as leaving the senior school – the latter dressed in a school hoodie! There is a strong sense of community, which the girls value; they see the school as friendly and safe. There are no hurdles for existing girls to enter the sixth form but if it's clear a girl will struggle...

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: 11 - 13: English, Maths, VR & non-VR. 16: Pass in all GCSE subjects taken including grades A-B in subjects to be pursued.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Classical Civilisation at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Music at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Theory of Music at an English Independent School (Grade 5 Drama Music Lit Speech)

Other features

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.

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since September 2018, Heidi-Jayne Boyes. Formerly deputy head (academic) at Brighton and Hove High School, GDST, prior to which she was head of geography at Eastbourne College, having started her career at Hendon School in north London. State school educated, read Geography at King's College, London. Worked in industry then completed PGCE (Geography) at Hull University.

Academic matters

In 2018, 63 per cent A*-A/7-9 grades at GCSE, with 33 per cent A*/A grades and 63% A*/B grades at A level. Excellent results in all subjects and a wide range on offer, even if it means groups of only two or three at A level. Most take three A2s plus general studies. Art and design is very popular; the AQA external examiner the day we visited said that the work was the best he had ever seen....

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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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