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Results are truly impressive year on year (as reflected by the school’s high ranking in national league tables). The broad-based curriculum kicks off from the word go with modern and classical languages, humanities, sciences, art and tech subjects (alongside the staples of English and maths). Parents repeatedly describe the academics as ‘amazing’ and lessons as ‘fast paced and at a very high level’. Yet the girls we spoke to didn’t seem fazed and parents insist it is no pressure cooker. A huge amount of school sport goes on at inter-house, inter-school, county and sometimes national levels. Not a wealthy area - the school buildings have a no-nonsense…

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What the school says...

Exceptional A-Level and GCSE results see Withington consistently ranked as one of the top independent schools in the north of England, with a proud record as a gateway for entry to Britain’s best universities. Withington’s pupils also benefit from superb facilities, an extensive co-curricular programme and they thrive in the School’s nurturing and supportive environment. ...Read more

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Since 2016, Sarah Haslam BA (English, Lancaster) PGCE (Sheffield). Has been at Withington Girls’ School since 1995 in a variety of roles, including head of years 10 and 11 and deputy head in 2007 (pastoral care). She is also an independent schools inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Exuding poise and calm (we can’t imagine much ruffles her), she weighs her answers with the care of a seasoned diplomat. The school might be renowned for its academic prowess but it is, she says, ‘a love of learning’ which she seeks to inculcate within its pupils, ‘a deep recognition of the value of learning’. She wants them all to fulfil their potential and place in the world – to work out what’s right for them as individuals. ‘It’s a privilege to...

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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

The school has an active Learning Support Department with provision which spans both the Junior and Senior Schools. The members of the Department work collaboratively to support a wide range of learning needs. The Head of Learning Support (SENCO) liaises with pupils, teachers, parents, the pastoral team and, when relevant, external professionals and agencies with the shared aim of meeting individual needs and giving every pupil the opportunity to reach their full potential. Access Arrangements for public examinations are managed in collaboration with the Examinations Office and, wherever possible, replicated for internal assessments.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 Y
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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