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‘We have supportive teachers,’ said our guides. ‘I can’t fault the school academically,’ said every parent we spoke to. We get the impression from parents that the school's purpose and intent has intensified, taking all with it. They have stiff competition from local grammars so have had to up their game, offering a well-rounded education, and parents appreciate this. ‘Confident children are what they produce, happy to stand up and speak in front of people...'

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: 11+ - Maths, English & VR. 16 - Minimum of 5 A-Bs including an interview for external candidates.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Textiles) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Geography at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Independent School (Edexcel Certificates)

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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.

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Since 2014, Chris Staley (40s). Studied geography at Portsmouth, MBA from London. No plans to teach, intended to join the army. Got a place at Sandhurst but cracked a cheekbone whilst playing rugby so had to delay entry. Decided to do PGCE whilst waiting and within two weeks was hooked. No regrets about abandoning army career, ‘every day is different.’ Started in the state sector ‘as I wanted to experience it, having been privately educated,’ quickly became disillusioned and turned to private sector. Wisbech is his first headship, arriving via Cranleigh and deputy headship at Milton Abbey.

Keen sportsman spending many years as a rugby coach alongside teaching geography. Wisbech a bit of a change, ‘it’s not in a rich part of the country and numbers were dropping.’ He’s certainly...

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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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