It’s built for purpose and doing what a school should do – brilliantly. So brilliantly, in fact, that the consistently high results (92 per cent A*-B at A-level, for instance) have caused questions to be asked. How do they do it? No hothousing, they insist, but sheer hard work. And the girls are certainly confident and happy and take pride in being able to cope with the pressure. But revere away, we say, because it is not just academically that they excel – pupils are on county and national teams in badminton, equestrian, gymnastics, lacrosse, netball, rounders, swimming and tennis. In music, the chamber groups have reached the semi-finals or final of the Pro Corda competition in every year it has been held.
Ages: 9 - 18
Denomination: Church of England
No. of pupils: 692
Class size: 24
Higher Eduction: 100%
journalists Emily Sheffield and Alice Thomson
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