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The broad curriculum runs along pretty traditional lines with clear subject demarcations - lessons in science, history, geography, music, drama and so forth. They are taught well above the national level - in maths, where this is easier to gauge, head says they are a year ahead. ‘It’s pretty pacey teaching’, she says, ‘with a degree of differentiation because even with the pool of this high ability group, we need to challenge the really high flying’. One parent, though, did…

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What the school says...

There are few things more important than choosing the right school for your child. The special atmosphere at Withington Junior School encourages creative and independent thinking and extends each girl not just academically but in every area of her life.

Our Junior School has the advantage of being able to retain its small size and its individual character whilst benefiting from its close links with the Senior School. Our excellent team of Junior Staff teach their subject specialisms in the Senior School and Senior Staff teach juniors. Each form has a trained 6th form peer supporter, which strengthens the links across the age range. Junior girls are offered a great variety of cultural experiences, visiting galleries, museums, concerts and theatres. The school also welcomes an exciting range of visiting speakers, and plays host to authors, poets and drama workshops.

In this lively environment, well structured but warm and friendly, Withington girls flourish and grow into balanced, happy, confident young people. We invite you to come and visit us and see for yourself all that Withington has to offer.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2019, Bridget Howard BEd (Exeter). Previously head of Alderley Edge Junior School for Girls. Prior to that, teacher in the Junior School at Bolton School for Girls’ Division. Her purposeful walk and manner are all efficiency but it’s balanced with her friendly manner which comes entwined with a wry sense of humour, which suggests that while she has her hand firmly on the tiller, she also relishes the fun which comes from leading a flock of young, clever, inquiring female minds. They are, she says with a smile, ‘feisty girls who love coming to school’. Quietly spoken, carefully diplomatic, she has a determined glint in her eye which we imagine makes her a fine match for the many expectant parents in this high-achieving school, many of whom keep a careful daily watch...

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Special Education Needs

Support in the Junior School is a collaborative effort. Form teachers are the first point of contact for both the pupils and their parents, and they coordinate and monitor each individual child’s progress. Where there are concerns, this information is shared with all Junior teachers and with the Learning Support Department. Where warranted, plans are then made for specific support. Support is tailored to the child and there are a range of options available. These vary from group support, where class teaching is delivered in parallel to a small group with a specialist teacher to help overcome short-term issues and help build an individual’s skills and confidence, to a longer-term arrangement where ongoing help is needed to adjust for a diagnosed need.

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