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Lessons at Withington cover a lot of ground at quite a pace so children who are lively and quick to catch on will fare best. School ‘saddened’ by the ‘arms race’ to tutor for entrance exams. The WGS tests do their damnedest to delve beneath the instructions of private tutors and canny prep schools to discover real potential. The interviewer won’t be impressed if your daughter goes quiet when she’s asked ‘What do you do when you’re not studying?’ Sample papers are available…

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Science: Double Award A at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates (double))
  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2016, Sarah Haslam, previously deputy head. Undergrad degree from Lancaster and postgrad teaching qualification from Sheffield; began her career teaching English in 1990 at a co-ed Manchester school and joined Withington Girls’ School in 1995. As well as teaching English, she has had roles including head of years 10 and 11 and, since her appointment as deputy head in 2007, lead responsibility for pastoral care and safeguarding. She is also an Independent Schools Inspector, an Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel lead trainer and has been a governor of another independent school. She has a keen interest in the arts and also loves the outdoors, particularly hill walking and sailing.

Academic matters

By any standard, Withington Girls’ School is exceptionally successful academically. In 2018, over 90 per cent of all GCSE entries were graded 7-9, and...

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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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Special Education Needs

All pupils take a short dyslexia screening test soon after entering the school. The SENCO and her assistants (one in the junior school, one with responsibility for gifted and talented provision across the senior school, and one with responsibility for EAL provision) liaise closely with pupils identified as having special needs, their teachers, parents, and, where relevant, educational psychologists. Extra time is granted in internal as well as public examinations, where appropriate. There are two statemented (one profoundly deaf) pupils on roll. Needs are addressed on an individual basis and met with the maximum of care and discretion. Whole-staff training is provided on a regular basis to ensure heightened awareness, understanding and appropriate action. One pupil has thallasaemia and one pupil has diabetes. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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