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Primary & Secondary
Last update: 19 January 2017
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OPEN MORNING


Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 11th March 2017.

This visit will give you an opportunity to have a tour of the school with one of our pupils as your guide and speak with individual class teachers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Mrs Anderson will be speaking at 10.00am and 11.30am and will also be available to speak with you on the day.

Our school ethos is one that nurtures individual talent, respects all faiths and creates a learning partnership.  Together with our Outstanding Pastoral Care, we are sure a visit to Bishop Challoner will help you experience the happy atmosphere of our school.

Please contact Sue Long to pre register: [email protected] or click on the link below.

We look forward to welcoming you

Upcoming Dates:

Assessment days:

11+ Taster Session:  Thursday 2nd February.

Nursery Junior  -  Senior Sixth Form

OUTDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT


We are thrilled with the new infant playground which has been created in a safe, fenced off area. There is a variety of play equipment and education games, all designed for our children to foster and enhance their learning.

It is very important to us that our children are happy and are able to have fun in a variety of environments. The outdoor play provides and important environment to foster brain development, motor skills, and social and cognitive development. The children play in the space in any way they chose, whether it be alone or with others.

The playground maximises opportunities for the children to interact, explore, enrich, build and to learn from their peers. They learn to negotiate, compromise, work together, and also to control themselves and tolerate and respect each other. The tractor and castle will promote social play because they provide children with places to congregate and communicate.

Our new canopy integrates the outdoors with the indoor classroom with one sense of place and identity, so the transition between the two becomes almost seamless. This means children can move freely back and forth between the inside and outside encouraging them to experiment with autonomy and independence.

GREAT RESULTS 2016

      


We are very proud of our students who have achieved some excellent results again this year. With hard work, commitment and determination our students are able to succeed.

GCSE

Results have continued to improve this year, with 92% of pupils achieving at least 5 A*- C grades this summer (73% including Maths and English Language) compared with 84 % in 2015. Biology, Chemistry, Latin, Physics and Spanish scored 100% A*-C. In Biology 95 per cent achieved at least A*-B grades and in Physics at least 86 per cent A*-B grades and chemistry with 75 per cent A*-B grades. 100 per cent grade A achieved in Latin. Over half of the students taking Spanish achieved an A*-B grade.


A LEVEL

This year our students gained 82% A*-C grades, an improvement on last year with seven subjects achieving 100% A*-C grades, namely Chemistry, Dance, French, History, Geography, Mathematics and Physics. 100% A* /B grades were gained in Physics, Dance and French.

Special congratulations to Stephen Clifford who achieved 2 A* and 1 A grade and to Josephine Wilson who achieved 3 grade As. They both headed off to Warwick University to read French with History and French with Japanese respectively.
Our Year 13 students were accepted at a number of notable universities to study a range of courses including Brighton to study Environmental Science, Brunel University, Greenwich to study Building Surveying, Hull to read Biomedical Science, Laban to pursue Dance and Nottingham to read Architectural & Environmental Engineering.

Primary
Last update: 18 January 2017
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Bristol Grammar School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 18 January 2017
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WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING, WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH 2017

Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend below. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please take a look at our website (www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk) for alternative dates or contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH

Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.

Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk/events>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.

If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to BGS. 

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 18 January 2017
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UPCOMING OPEN DAYS

Every term we hold a series of open mornings and other events to give you and your child a chance to look around the school, meet the teachers, talk to our Admissions Registrar, and get a taste of what life is like here. To learn more about our school, please attend one of our upcoming Open Days contact our Admissions Registrar for a Private Tour.
 

January 2017

Thursday 19 January - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Saturday 28 January - Year 7 Assessment Morning - 9.00 am to 1 pm

 

March 2017

Saturday 4 March - Open Morning - 10 am to 1 pm

Monday 13 March - Year 7 Taster Day for Year 6 Pupils

Tuesday 21 March - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Thursday 23 March - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

 

April 2017

Thursday 20 April - Reception Taster Day - 9.30 am to 11.30

 

May 2017

Tuesday 9 May - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Thursday 11 May - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

 

June 2017

Monday 19 June - Year 5 Senior School Taster Day

THE ETHOS OF COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

At Colchester High School we celebrate the individual. Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching are the two key characteristics that the success of our school is built on, allowing us to offer a tailored education to each individual boy and girl in the school.

Working with a small class, a good teacher can get to know each pupil as an individual and identify their strengths and needs. This allows them to know what motivates them and how to best help them progress. Our great teachers are specialists in their subject and this expert teaching in music, French, ICT and PE is accessed by children at every stage of the school, right from nursery.

Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching also allow us to offer strong pastoral care. We know our boys and girls with all of their enthusiasms, fears and dreams. This allows us to support their on a spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in a focused and tailored way, ensuring that they develop the kind of personal qualities our society needs.

Secondary
Last update: 18 January 2017
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St Benedict's School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 January 2017
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ROYAL ACADEMY RECOGNITION

     The Art department at St Benedict’s School is thrilled that the Royal Academy has chosen Astrid Sewell Risley’s artwork titled ‘Frankenfruit’ for its 2016 A Level online exhibition and shortlisted a further three entries from this year’s cohort. This is a remarkable result for the Ealing school – a tribute to the talent of the students and the excellent teaching of the staff.

     1,400 aspiring artists attending sixth form colleges or schools submitted their work and 46 exceptional works of art were selected by the expert panel: Royal Academicians Bob and Roberta Smith, Head of Architecture Kate Goodwin, and RA Schools student Claire Undy.  Year 13 Art students at St Benedict’s - Megan Hunt, Jess Miles-Kingston and Charlie Sanderson - had their artwork shortlisted for the exhibition.

     All four works of art can be viewed on the Royal Academy A Level online gallery at:

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/a-level-exhibition-online-2016

     Astrid Sewell Risley’s work – ‘Frankenfruit’ - was influenced by Marc Quinn’s Eternal Spring pieces. “His concept of preserving nature’s flowers in an unnatural way inspired me to do the same with fruit and vegetables. However, in my piece, instead of preserving them in their natural state as Quinn does, I peeled, bit chunks out of, chopped and mismatched the fruit and vegetables and then sewed them back together to create a mismatched form. This piece challenges society’s need to constantly change and manipulate the standards of normality and beauty, in order to please ourselves.”

     Megan Hunt’s Childhood 2 is a series of wax sculptures developed from a mould taken of a Moai Statue from her mother's collection. Using multiple casts in wax melted from crayons, a material reminiscent of her childhood, the artwork comments on the fleeting nature of memory and innocence. Jess Miles-Kingston’s ‘Garden Chair’ explores the idea of form over function. His artwork embodies how functional items can be subtly manipulated and undergo a metamorphosis from product to sculpture. Charlie Sanderson’s ‘Film Noir’ film explores the potential of light in creating atmosphere through revealing and concealing elements of the environment.

     Bob and Roberta Smith commented: “The exhibition includes work that is thoughtful, almost psychedelic, poetic, elegiac, but also funny and romantic. We, the judges, loved looking at the breadth and skill of all the entries. Congratulations to all the young artists who submitted works to the A-Level Summer Exhibition Online. Good luck to all these students, and we hope to see you in Art school!”

NEW BUILDING AT ST BENEDICT’S

     Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, blessed and formally opened the new Sixth Form and Art & Design Building at St Benedict’s School on Thursday 28th January, the Feast Day of St Thomas Aquinas. The building will provide a fitting and lasting memory of Headmaster Chris Cleugh, in whose honour it is named. A gloriously sunny day reflected the joyous mood of the whole occasion.

     After a Solemn Mass in Ealing Abbey Cardinal Nichols performed the Blessing Ceremony and unveiled the Commemorative Stone of the new building. He also blessed a newly planted tree in memory of Maria del Pilar Gomez Sanz (1958-2014), parent and member of the Society of Parents and Friends and a great supporter of St Benedict’s School.

     Building work on the project began in August 2014 and was completed in December 2015. Headmaster Chris Cleugh thanked everyone who had enabled this wonderful day to come to fruition, especially the architects, van Heyningen & Haward and the contractors Jerram Falkus. Above all, he thanked Richard Ferrett, the Estates Director at the school, who oversaw the whole project from start to finish.

     The new building will provide first class learning facilities for the Sixth Form and Art & Design departments, with separate entrances for both. The ground floor comprises an open plan Sixth Form social area and also houses the Technology rooms. The Sixth Form study area – the Scriptorium – takes up most of the first floor together with a classroom for KS3/4 Design. Art studios and Sixth Form design classrooms fill the whole of the second floor.

 

ST BENEDICT'S SCHOOL VIDEO

St Benedict's Senior School Promotional Video 

 

St Benedict's Junior School Promotional Video 

Open Mornings –

NURSERY OPEN MORNINGS - 21 January, 23 February and 10 March
 

 

 

Lockers Park School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 January 2017
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LOCKERS PARK – A BOY’S EDUCATION

Lockers Park is a thriving day and boarding school where boys receive a first class education that is balanced and happy. With an excellent academic reputation, the school prepares boys for top British public and independent senior schools, frequently with scholarships. Set in 23 acres of woodland on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead, it is a day and boarding school for boys aged 7-13 with a co-educational Pre-Preparatory for ages 4-7. 

Academia, The Arts, Sport and Co-curricular success are celebrated in equal measure at Lockers Park and the school’s motivational and supportive environment allows pupils to discover hidden talents and initiate lifelong passions.

Inspiring Boys

“Lockers Park brings out the best in boys” observes the Good Schools Guide. Drawing upon its 140-year heritage, the school employs a kinaesthetic approach to ensure pupils are highly engaged and achieve the best academic results. An emphasis on the individual child, combined with small class sizes, outdoor play and structured sport every day enables each boy to fulfil his potential.

Senior School Focus

An extensive Senior School Preparation Programme ensures no stone is left unturned when it comes to senior school selection. Recent graduates have moved onto the likes of Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Shrewsbury and Stowe as well as the excellent local senior day schools including Berkhamsted, Merchant Taylors’ and St Albans.

Come and visit us at our Open Morning - Saturday 18th March 2017, 10:30am–12:30pm.  Contact [email protected] or call 01442 251712 to register.

NEXT OPEN MORNING

Lockers Park will be welcoming prospective children and parents for both the Pre-Prep and Preparatory School on Saturday 12th March 2016.

If you are keen to have a look around before then, please give us a call on 01442 352712 to arrange a chat and tour with our Headmaster, Christopher Wilson.

Sir Charles Kao Utc
Secondary
Last update: 17 January 2017
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ABOUT US

Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (SCK UTC) is a brand new, multi-million pound centre of learning for 14 -19 year olds. It will give students the opportunity to combine academic and technical learning and explore the application of Science, Engineering & Computing in two specialist areas - Medical Technology & Smart Environments.


The UTC is sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University and Harlow College with support from local and national employers including Johnson Controls, Pearson Education, Raytheon, and GlaxoSmithKline. This ensures not only high quality academic standards but also a dynamic and inspiring technical curriculum using industrial research & design projects.

 

OPEN DAYS AND EVENTS

Wednesday Mornings - We have an open morning each week. If you wish to visit the school on one of these mornings, please call us to arrange.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 January 2017
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Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 25th March 2017

Our Open Morning gives you and your daughter the chance to see Wychwood in action. The morning starts at 10am and the Headmistress, Mrs Andrea Johnson will give an address at 10.15am.   You will then be taken on a comprehensive tour of the school by a current pupil and have the opportunity to talk to both the staff and our girls about life at Wychwood.  It is very much an ‘open house’, you are welcome to bring along as many members of your family as you like, and there are activities for children to join in with.

To attend the Open Morning or to book a Taster Day, an Overnight Boarding Taster or a Private Appointment please contact

Admissions Department
Nicola Jones
01865 517 103
[email protected]

OUR FANTASTIC 2016 EXAM RESULTS

     




GCSE Results

We are delighted to congratulate our Year 11 pupils on fantastic results at GCSE which have done justice to their hard work and real efforts to succeed.

Nearly half of grades were placed at A and A*, giving testiment to the expert teaching from staff who are dedicated to their pupils' progress which has benefitted the girls.

A Level Results

The girls in Wychwood Sixth saw their hard work and strong academic performance result in an excellent set of Advanced level results this summer, with 11% A* grades and 64% A*AB grades.

Having undertook an individual and sometimes eclectic combination of subjects from the 23+ on offer, and balancing their studies alongside a wide range of extra- curricular and personal interests, the girls go on to a variety of prestigious universities to read courses that reflect their personalities and aspirations.

The girls have gained the full advantages attendant on our small class sizes, academic rigour and personal tutoring. We are delighted with their achievements, and wish them even more success in the future.
 

Academic life at Wychwood >>

 

WELCOME TO WYCHWOOD

 

 

Wychwood School is a unique day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18 which provide an education 'for genuine girls not imitation boys.'

Our small size, of just 113 pupils in total, means we can offer a tailored individual challenge and pastoral care to each pupil to a far greater extent than can larger institutions. Our girls gain excellent academic results and leave us as confident, well prepared young ladies, prepared for their futures.
 


 

Our aim is to ensure that the education we provide fires the imagination, engages the soul, stimulates the brain and opens up the world for our girls. We pride ourselves on the total support offered to each pupil from our dedicated, enthusiastic and professional staff. Girls are able to discover, realise and exceed their potential and develop their passions and interests whilst remaining tolerant and open to those of others.

We hope your daughter will come to an understanding of what it means to be happy whilst her at Wychwood School, as we believe this to be the foundation for lifelong success. We will work with her to give her the skills she needs to make her way in the global community as she chooses knowing how much she has to offer and with the confidence to fulfil her dreams.

Primary
Last update: 16 January 2017
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PRE-PREP AND PREP OPEN DAYS IN SURREY

 

Visiting an Open Day at a school or booking a personal visit is a good first step towards identifying the correct school for your daughter or son. Should you decide that Downsend is of interest to you; our next Open Days are on: 


Pre-Prep Schools - Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead (Age 2 – 6)


Saturday 4 March 2017  9.30 - 11.30am
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Saturday 6 May 2017 2.00 - 4.00pm
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You can also contact our Admissions Registrar, Sarah Concanon either by email ([email protected]) or telephone on 01372 372311 to book a place. If you haven't booked, you are still very welcome to come along on the morning. Alternatively, we are always happy to see you for a personal visit by individual appointment.  

Click here for more Open Day information or to request a prospectus >>

 

OUR EYFS INSPECTION REPORT

Our most recent Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) inspection report by the School Inspection Service was carried out in November 2014. 

View our EYFS report here 

WHY DOWNSEND?

 

Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

Primary
Last update: 16 January 2017
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OUR PRE-PREP OPEN DAYS

 

Visiting an Open Day at a school or booking a personal visit is a good first step towards identifying the correct school for your daughter or son. Should you decide that Downsend is of interest to you; our next Open Days is on:


Pre-Prep Schools - Epsom, Ashtead, Leatherhead (Age 2 – 6)

Saturday 4 March 2017  9.30 - 11.30am
Book Now >> 

Saturday 6 May 2017 2.00 - 4.00pm
Book Now >> 

 

Click here for more Open Day information or to request a prospectus >>

OUR EYFS INSPECTION REPORT

 

 

We were delighted to receive the highest possible rating, Grade 1, for our most recent Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) inspection report by the School Inspection Service. 

View the EYFS inspection report here

 

 

WHY DOWNSEND?


 

Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

Primary
Last update: 16 January 2017
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PRE-PREP AND PREP OPEN DAYS IN SURREY

     
 
 


Visiting an Open Day at a school or booking a personal visit is a good first step towards identifying the correct school for your daughter or son. Should you decide that Downsend is of interest to you; our next Open Days are lsted below wirth the relevant links ot register. 

Please contact our Admissions Registrar, Sarah Concanon, either by email ([email protected]) or telephone on 01372 372311 to book a place. If you haven't booked, you are still very welcome to come along on the morning. Alternatively, we are always happy to see you for a personal visit by individual appointment. 
 

Prep School Open Mornings (Age 6 – 13)

Headmaster's Talk 9:30 am
Tour with Upper School pupils 10.00 - 11.00 am
Coffee and questions with senior staff 11.00 am - 12 noon



Friday 3 March 2017
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Saturday 6 May 2017
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Pre-Prep Schools (Age 2 – 6)


Saturday 4 March 2017  9.30 - 11.30am
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Saturday 6 May 2017 2.00 - 4.00pm
Book Now >> 

 

Arrange a private tour  >>

 

WHY DOWNSEND?

         
 

Here are some of the reasons why parents choose Downsend:

• Over 90% of our children are working above National Average by the end of Year One;

• All Year 3 pupils receive specialist tuition in the flute, trumpet and violin, as part of the Downsend Music Programme;

• All pupils, including our Pre-Prep children, have access to expert coaching in a wide range of sports through the Downsend Academies;

• 68% of our pupils exceed their expected progress by the end of Year 6;

• On average, over 95% of our pupils pass the entrance test to their first choice senior school;

• 45% of our Year 8 pupils gained a scholarship to their senior school last year. 40% of these were academic.

Typically over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships are awarded each year to some of the top senior schools, including City of London Freemen's, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar and St John's. Some pupils achieve scholarships to schools further away, such as Tonbridge, Winchester College and Westminster.

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Last update: 16 January 2017
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Primary & Secondary
Last update: 15 January 2017
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FROM INFANTS TO SIXTH FORM: GIRLS FIRST

At Nottingham Girls High School we understand girls. We understand what makes them tick, how they learn and what they enjoy. Our lessons are structured to ensure the girls get as much out of them as possible. We are now the only single-sex independent day school for girls in Nottingham 

- We use real-world examples to help girls understand concepts better by seeing how they work in real life.

- We teach in collaboration and co-operation, as girls prefer to learn in groups.

- We encourage pupils to take risks, to learn from their mistakes and grow in confidence.

At NGHS, three words underpin all that we do:

Leading, learning and loving it

We pride ourselves on being a nurturing environment which allows each girl to be the best she can be. We are also proud to be part of the GDST:

 

 

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STARS SHINE ON GCSE RESULTS DAY 2016

 


 

Nottingham Girls’ High School is once again celebrating outstanding success with its GCSE results, scooping 44% of passes at grade A*, with 73% awarded A* to A and 92% at A* to B. 

Particularly impressive this year is the broad range of subjects at which a grade A* has been achieved, not only in the STEM category of Mathematics and the Sciences, but also in the Humanities (including 100% of Geography grades at A*or A), Languages and Religious Studies. 

This is the first group of girls to receive their GCSE results since Julie Keller became the school’s new Head. She said: “Today has been a great show of the continued success of a girls-only education, and what can be achieved in the right environment with the right teaching and learning provision. I’m thrilled with the progress of our girls, academically and individually.

ENCOURAGING CHARITY WORK

 

 

In 2016 we celebrate our 140th anniversary. A variety of events were held to mark this in creative ways. Our thriving Knitting Club were inspired to make 140 baby bonnets for the neonatal intensive care unit at the City Hospital. Nottingham. The girls wanted to help in a practical way that was accessible to everyone.

This is just one example of how Nottingham Girls High School enjoys supporting charities, with a practical solution to support the neonatal unit. The school community takes great pride in supporting charities locally, nationally and worldwise, with fundraising efforts amassing tens of thousands of pounds over the years.

Connecting our girls with the wider world >>
Secondary
Last update: 13 January 2017
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