Academic Ethos
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Academic Ethos

Outperforming expectations on a daily basis

We aim to inspire achievement beyond the bounds of expectation, without compromise. Every day we coax the very best from our girls, empowering them to identify, broaden and develop their talents. We promote independence of thought, an appetite for intellectual risk, and a thirst for learning for its own sake. Motivated and confident, our pupils discover the power of civilised values and attitudes, indeed a complete philosophy of living, to guide them in their present and future lives.

Our excellent examination results, which place us in the top tier of UK independent schools, pay tribute to this rigorous focus on achievement. Likewise, recent inspection reports for both the Prep and Senior Schools are fulsome in their praise of the exceptional education we offer right across the academic spectrum.

From the age of 3 to 18, our pupils enjoy a broad, challenging and enriched curriculum. Their academic success is promoted by small classes and high expectations. We ignite their curiosity with the Early Years Foundation Stage in our Nursery.

A vibrant academic programme of study, reaching far beyond the limits of the National Curriculum (for instance in offering a choice of languages such as French, Spanish, Mandarin and Latin), takes them through to Year 6.

In the Senior School, pupils embark on exciting new subjects such as Ancient Greek, and enhance their core GCSE selection with a rich choice of subjects across the disciplines.

In English and Mathematics, we offer IGCSE courses, valued by leading universities for their rigour. In addition all pupils participate in the school’s ground-breaking enrichment programme, ‘Kinza’, which introduces them to a huge range of subjects and activities.

In the Sixth Form, students may choose from a substantial portfolio of 23 subjects. In recent A Level results, over 89% of grades were at A*- B, and thus it is no surprise that the majority of our students progress to some of the most competitive Russell Group universities.

In every part of our school, we encourage a life-long passion for learning that inspires our pupils to reach ever greater heights of achievement. They relish the challenges placed before them, absorbing knowledge, learning life skills and growing in intellectual confidence. Our pupils thrive on success.