Nottingham Girl’s High School Junior School has taken a top 10 in place in The Sunday Times League of Top 100 Preparatory Schools in the UK and takes the title of top performing Junior School in Nottingham, from the league of 600 independent and state schools evaluated.
The League has analysed the performance of schools in the independent and state sectors using Key Stage 2 Sats at Level 5, where pupils’ attainment in English and Maths is two years ahead of their age.
Susan Gorham is the Headteacher at Nottingham Girl’s High School: “It is always pleasing to be recognised at a national level for our academic successes but we would also view this as an endorsement of our teaching ethos and approach. Happy, enthused and motivated children who have fun while they learn develop a confidence in their abilities that is a pleasure and a privilege to nurture. The students and staff have to be congratulated for their hard work in making that happen, whether it be in core curriculum subjects or in extra curriculum activities that contribute hugely to the education process.”
The school has just reported that applications for its Foundation Year have doubled for the next intake in 2015, and at record levels for this time of year, partly due Sue Gorham believes to the environment created at the school: “Parents with Infant and Junior age children are particularly keen to ensure that their child’s early education is a positive experience with a rich curriculum on offer and inspirational teachers to lead the way. We encourage prospective parents to visit us often and talk to the staff and children to get a better feel for the school. They will know best if they and their daughter will be happy and fulfilled here.”
Of the 12 schools listed in the table from Nottingham, Nottingham Girl’s High School Junior School comes top, the only girl’s single-sex school in the city listed. 5 of the top 10 independent schools nationwide are also single-sex, girl’s only. Sue Gorham is not surprised by the findings: “That girls do best in a girls only environment is well-researched and well-documented. We take away the restrictions that gender stereo-typing can create and so broaden horizons and aspirations. We are finding more and more that parents, even with daughters at a very young age, are looking for a school that offers no limits to potential.”