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If we had a fiver for every school that describes itself as ‘highly academic but not a hot house’, we could retire early. But here it’s really true! School has courageously taken the decision that girls take nine GCSEs (10 if they add further maths or Greek). This leaves room for a mind-broadening unexamined politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) course in year 10 that should be a model for other schools. In common with most high-octane London schools, parents can be a competitive bunch. Some told us that they would like to have a better idea of how their girls’ achievement compares to others in their class, but this isn’t going to happen. ‘Girls don’t need…

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Wimbledon High School students are lively, creative and academically successful. In a stimulating, intellectually challenging and friendly environment, girls enjoy a fully rounded school life, getting involved and taking the lead from an early age. Our teachers are passionate about sharing their knowledge, inspiring girls to probe deeper, question further. With the support of friends and peers, our students' self-confidence and independence of spirit grow. They learn to be resilient learners, able to manage risk and the tough challenges that life can present. ...Read more

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Since 2020, Fionnuala Kennedy. Educated at Prior Park College, then read English language and literature at Exeter College Oxford. Worked in publishing before moving into teaching at Royal Hospital School Holbrook, where she worked her way up to deputy housemistress and then head of middle school, later joining Woldingham School as head of sixth form. Was deputy head (pastoral) and then senior deputy head at Wimbledon High School (WHS) for five years before seamlessly taking up the head’s baton.

Unusually, for the head of a thriving school, she maintains a wide range of interests outside the classroom. Was a choral scholar at Oxford and still loves choral singing – ‘There’s a magic to music-making. The shared endeavor gives you a sense of flow that just can’t be replicated online.’ Big fan...

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Please note: 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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Special Education Needs

We aim to support every student to become a successful independent learner with high self-esteem. We identify students with particular educational needs and aim to help them achieve their best, and help teachers devise classroom strategies to support their learning. Study skills and time management workshops are provided for individual year groups. All students are screened for Specific Learning Difficulties during their time in the junior school and in year 7. New entrants to the senior school in years 8-13 are also routinely screened. We are committed to developing a close relationship with parents, informing them about, and involving them in, all decisions relating to the students. If a Specific Learning Difficulty is identified, we hope that parents will agree to pay for support tuition and an Educational Psychologist's assessment if required. An Individual Educational Plan with specific targets is drawn up and the student's progress monitored closely. There are students at Wimbledon High School with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dsycalculia. We aim to offer careful and sensitive management so that teaching and learning can proceed in a positive fashion. Both junior and senior departments have Learning Support Co-ordinators and Able and Gifted Co-ordinators. Visiting Learning Support teachers come into the junior school. The senior school offers advice and links for students with English as an Additional Language.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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