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This is the school where the Right Honourable Baroness Heyhoe Flint, one of the greatest woman cricketers of all time, learned to play the game. She was also, incidentally, an international hockey player. A former head girl is currently in the England squad. Teachers were in full flight – none more so than a language teacher who seemed to be speaking simultaneously in three languages - and there was a real buzz about the place. ‘Was this because of visitors from the GSG?’, we asked ? ‘Oh no, it’s always like this’...

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Entrance examination age 11 consists of 2 tests each assessing maths, Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning.
Entry at 16: Dependent on achieving certain grades at GCSE.

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Since 2012, Trudi Young (30s). Though perhaps not quite as young looking as her photograph would suggest, nevertheless the word ‘eponymous’ effortlessly springs to mind. In conversation, she reveals considerably more than youthful wisdom and experience. She has plenty of those qualities as well as determination and courage. Twenty years ago she was a pupil at the school and now, slightly surprised and totally delighted, she is head. In the intervening years she attended Birmingham University, where she read medieval and modern history, following this up with a PGCE. Before coming back to her alma mater, she taught in Lincolnshire, followed by a stretch at Sutton Coldfield Grammar, where she was assistant and deputy head.

And so she returned, full of newly acquired experience and knowledge and with a strong sense...

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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 a Special Needs Co-ordinator and a Learning Mentor. Both work with students to offer support and advice. These staff also liaise closely with parents to ensure that home and school are working together productively to support each individual.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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