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Yehudi Menuhin believed in the importance of a homely, family atmosphere in his school, and we saw children playing contentedly in the school’s leafy grounds, cheering on their friends in the lunchtime concert, and generally appearing happy and at ease. Students attested to the kindness of the staff. ‘The school’s been really patient with me,’ said one, philosophically. ‘When I first came, I wasn’t a well-behaved child. Anywhere else would have asked me to leave...

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Specialist Music School plus GCSE and A level subjects. Entry is strictly through instrumental audition.

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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since January 2018, Kate Clanchy, previously senior master at Westminster School. Degree in modern and medieval languages from Cambridge, masters from the Institute of Education and an MBA. Initially head of marketing for a French water company; French teacher at Dulwich College, head of modern langs at JAGS, deputy head at St Paul's Girls before joining Westminster in 2013. She's also a governor of Oak Lodge School for pupils with hearing difficulties.

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‘It’s not the best, but it’s OK,’ was how one student described the academic provision. Results are certainly more than OK. In 2018, 67 per cent A*-A/9-7s at GCSE. A levels were 62 per cent at A*/A, 90 per cent A*-B. No-one is here for the academics, but that said, the ability profile here is above the national average, and students want...

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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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