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Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9


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Seniors telling tales!

One of the lovely things about our small, friendly school is the way our older pupils get to interact with the younger ones. Last week, with just four weeks to go to Christmas, librarian Mrs Maher thought it would be a good idea for some of our seniors to read seasonal stories to the children in Lower Prep. It seems they all thought it was a goo idea, too!



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U9 and U11 hockey v NHSG

Both the U11 and U9 hockey teams were in action this afternoon against Norwich High School for Girls.  I am pleased to announce that we were victorious in both matches. The U11s secured a 5-0 win and the U9s won 1-0.  Both teams played extremely well together and deserved the win.  Player of the Match for the U11 team was Maxim, while Oliver took the honours for the U9 team.  The U11 goals were scored by Sophie, Maxim, Maisy (who scored 2) and Eve.  The U9 goal was scored by Chloe.  Well done everyone!

Mrs Woods, Head of PE


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Year 11 sample the Sixth Form

Yesterday saw our Year 11 girls leave their uniforms at home and get a taste of life in the Sixth Form. In the morning the girls sampled higher level lessons in their chosen subjects and in the afternoon they experienced some of the other aspects of sixth form life.

The photos show the girls taking part in enrichment activities. Designed to prepare them for their next steps after leaving school, these include a wide range of activities such as UCAS applications, practice interviews, putting together flat pack furniture, first aid and ‘university masterchef’. While some of the girls learned all about bandaging from school nurse Sister Greig, others made pesto twirls (in the record time of 25 minutes!)

The final two sessions of the day were devoted to business studies and the tutorial system. This year, all our Year 12 students will take business studies qualifications alongside their chosen subjects. Not only does this boost their employability and teach them skills useful for most potential career choices, it also boosts their university applications by providing extra UCAS points.
We hope the girls found the day helpful and informative as they consider their next steps.






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Spellbinding drama in Years 5 and 6

This half term in drama lessons Years 5 and 6 are working on the theme of ‘Prophecies’.  We are reading extracts from Macbeth and creating an atmosphere in which to create imaginary spells.

The children have used music, percussion instruments and dance all to dramatic effect. How scaryingly convincing they all were this week in role- play!


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Scary Monsters in the Library?

Our school librarian Mrs Maher recently entered a Hallowe’en competition run by School Bargain Books  – and won a set of storybooks for the library.  The Scares and Spooks book collection includes eighteen books suitable for ages 7-11. Filled with suspense, action and a lot of humour, there are monsters, witches and ghouls galore (but nothing too scary!) Here are some of our Prep pupils deciding which ones to read first….


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Good to be back!

So… we begin our new half term and the run-up to possibly the busiest and most exciting time of year! Here are just a few of the happy faces (and smart winter uniforms)  spotted around school this morning!


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Silver Duke of Edinburgh achievers

Congratulations to Gabriella, Hannah, Alice, Aisling and Tayla (Year 11) on successfully completing their assessed silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition last weekend. It was tough, but the girls all excelled in every area, with excellent navigation (don’t believe the locals – you know where you are!), being supportive of others in the team, good camping skills and a huge determination to succeed. The assessor complimented all the girls on their ability to cope with all aspects of the expedition, especially cooking in adverse weather conditions.

Mrs Grove said, “You are all stars. Well done and I hope that you rested those aching muscles before coming back to school!”