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The Weekly Blog from the Head

26 March 2014: Time to report In the last week of each term I disappear into my office to read and write school reports. Teaching and learning go hand in hand and school reports are an excellent reminder of this. This is why we take time to write them and give the girls time to reflect upon them. The teaching staff spend much time considering each pupil, outlining their strengths and celebrating their achievements. They then make considered suggestions on how each girl can improve her performance. Her form tutor describes what each girl has contributed to the school community in her involvement with co-curricular activi... Read More

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