We are committed to excelling in all that we do and expect our girls to share and exhibit those same high standards for themselves. We aim for and achieve outstanding academic results but are equally concerned to foster creativity, to encourage courtesy and sensitivity towards others and to develop self-discipline, self-motivation and self-confidence.
Our academic curriculum, therefore, is only a part of what we do. We also encourage all our girls to explore other interests and to take part in the wider life of the school through our many co-curricular opportunities – be that debating society, music, dance, drama, sports, Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh award…..the list goes on.
We believe this is in an incredibly important part of education. Being part of a club, a team, a cast or orchestra requires teamwork and commitment. It develops self-confidence and, simply, can allow us all to grow and flourish in other arenas. This belief in the power of co-curricular activities drives our thinking. Girls therefore do not complete an excessive amount of qualifications. Typically, students sit 10 x GCSE and a further 3 A-levels. This allows time to focus efforts on achieving the very highest grades within these but also time to participate in other activities and interests – both at school and at home. Additionally, and importantly, there is also time to spend with friends and family. We feel a sensible balance - with girls able to excel and explore in the classroom but also on the stage, the sports field, the concert hall......Time, too, to just be a child/teenager
So, over and above a traditional, rigorous, academic curriculum all girls will take part in a personal challenge. It could be rock climbing on our climbing wall, mountain biking on our bike trail or taking part in the big school production. We call it the FSGBacc and it is at the very heart of what we do because our job is not to prepare our girls for exams; it is to prepare them for life.
We encourage our girls to aspire, to find out who they are, what kind of person they want to be and to develop their strengths across a broad spectrum of activities. Our aim is to provide an outstanding academic curriculum, outstanding teaching and outstanding opportunities and experiences to ensure our girls leave as well-qualified and well-rounded young women. They will have a strong academic portfolio of qualifications, highly-developed interpersonal skills, a broad range of interests and are well prepared to pursue varied and fulfilling careers and to take on the world!
We are demonstrably successful in achieving our aims with Ofsted ‘outstanding’ status, performance tables and other awards and accolades for student achievement a clear indication of our successes. Yet we are no examination factory. We remain a happy, relaxed, positive, kind and caring school.
Our school website provides additional information about our vision for a truly outstanding education. I refer you in particular to the curriculum section which details our rationale for what we do and why we think it’s so important and to the links which stem from this section. Here you will find information booklets for every year group. These cover not only what is covered in each subject over the year but also key information about each year group – such as who’s who, key dates and even suggested reading lists – as identified by our very own staff! I also refer you to the FSGBacc booklet which lists all the enrichment/development opportunities provided and why we believe personal development and character education are so vital.
Our website provides only a glimpse of what makes our school so special. A real appreciation of our school and our ethos can only come through visiting us and seeing us in action - preparing our girls today for a world full of possibilities tomorrow.
Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice and with that can come widespread and prolonged disruption.
We are currently in the final stages of planning for a new classroom block which will be located at the end of Prospect.
Within our school community many students and staff have been touched by Cancer. We have Cancer survivors within the school and have even lost members of staff to Cancer. For our community, it is personal and we want to take the fight to Cancer!
On the 5th April 2019 we are holding our Race for Life event. This year the students voted to support Cancer Research UK as our international charity for this year. We would like to support this great cause with a big fundraising event. On the 5th April the students and staff will all be looking to raise money by running, walking, jogging and dancing their way around the 5km route we have planned.
On the 5th of April we will hold a tag day so if the students could bring in £1 on the day for this to hand to their tutors during registration. We hope to encourage them to wear the cancer research colour of pink on this day. Further to this we would like to challenge students and staff to raise at least £10 each and run our 5km route. You can donate at the link below or students of the school can bring in cash donations providing they are in a sealed envelope labelled Race for Life and this is taken to our finance team.
|23 Apr 2019Term 5 Starts|
|25 Apr 2019Year 9 Parents Evening|
|06 May 2019Bank Holiday|
|24 May 2019End of Term 5|
|03 Jun 2019Term 6 Starts|
|27 Jun 2019Year 5 Open Evening|
|11 Jul 2019Junior Prize Evening|
|12 Jul 2019Strictly Come Dancing (Staff/Parents/Students)|
|16 Jul 2019Whole School Performance - Annie|
|17 Jul 2019Whole School Performance - Annie|
|18 Jul 2019Whole School Performance - Annie|
|23 Jul 2019End of Term 6|
|02 Sep 2019INSET Day|
|03 Sep 2019Term 1 starts|
|11 Oct 2019End of Term 1|
|28 Oct 2019Term 2 starts|
|18 Dec 2019End of Term 2|
|06 Jan 2020Term 3 starts|
|14 Feb 2020End of Term 3|
|24 Feb 2020Term 4 starts|