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‘Workload is immense,’ was overriding theme from parents; ‘it’s hard for girls to fit it all in.’ Conflicting parental views on whether school allows a rounded education. We heard of some girls with such full CVs they didn’t have space for that small matter of DofE Gold on the UCAS form and others who had limped through seven years with no time for anything other than hard graft. School seems to do its bit, though, departments working together to...

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.






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Since 2019, Jo Duncan (40s) previously head of the Royal High School, Bath. Hails from Northern Ireland (‘still home’) where she attended a girls’ grammar school before St Andrews (English and theology), sights set on a career in the law. A prophetic A level RS teacher predicted her future career in education, one she initially eschewed, before stints working at schools in Hungary and Romania during her degree turned her head. A PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge followed, then a four-year stint at The Latymer School where she ‘mastered classroom management’ before moving as head of department and deputy housemistress to Benenden. First headship, at (the now defunct) Princess Helena College followed, then onwards to the Royal High School, the GDST’s only boarding school.

When the Wycombe job came up, she...

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Special Education Needs

The School is selective with entry by examination and so caters only for academically able girls. Girls with SpLD are given extra support by specialist teachers with SpLD qualifications. The Learning Support Co-ordinator works closely with staff and Housemistresses to ensure the girls are supported. Girls are given special examination provision where appropriate. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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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