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Prospective Parents Information

Thank you for your interest in Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.  I do hope you will visit us on one of our open mornings or, indeed, at any other time if the designated mornings are not convenient. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a different time.

Please view our upcoming open days here

However, if you are unable to visit, I would like to use this letter to highlight some of the things I will be speaking about to our visitors.

We are aware that choosing a secondary school is an extremely important decision and that you are quite rightly concerned that you have as much information as possible to ensure that you make the right choice for your daughter.  Not all schools are right for all students so it is important that you are aware of the particular strengths and ethos of each school.

At EGA, we are determined that not only should every girl reach her potential in terms of academic achievement, but also have a range of other opportunities which will enrich and enhance her experience. I am confident that we are able to realise our aims and our GCSE results confirm this.

Last year a number of girls achieved the highest grade in every single subject. This clearly shows that, given the right support and encouragement, our students can and do achieve results as good as those of students at any school in the country.  It points to excellence in teaching and learning and knowledge about what is needed in order to be successful in examinations.  It is not just the most able who experience success.  There is a full range of courses to suit all abilities and every girl leaves school with qualifications.

In addition to the academic success, girls at EGA have the opportunity to take part in a huge range of additional activities to explore their talents in the arts, sports or to enrich their curriculum.  It is quite likely that your daughter will work with a professional musician or artist during her time here and might even perform on the Barbican or Almeida stage. There really is something for everybody.

What contributes to this success is a very positive atmosphere where girls are encouraged to take responsibility and to work with others.  We are committed to maintaining our ethos of social harmony in the knowledge that no one can learn when they feel uneasy or unsafe.  Girls are rightly proud of their school and enjoy being here.  They come to school in the knowledge that we have the highest of expectations and that they can achieve more than ever seemed possible on entry to the school.

I always say to parents that in all the schools in which I have worked, and they’ve all been very different, that the one thing which has characterised those students who are successful is that they are the students whose parents work in partnership with the school; the ones whose parents are interested, who attend parents’ evenings and work collaboratively to ensure the best possible educational experience for their children.

We strive to develop a very positive partnership to ensure that your daughter is happy, fulfilled and leaves us a confident, successful young woman.

I look forward to meeting you.

Ms Dibb
Headteacher

News

Brexit Posted on: 7/12/2017

Brexit

It seems like Brexit is always dominating the headlines; but with only a week left to strike a deal with the EU the true extent of the UK's potential difficulties are beginning to show.   Earlier this week the UK was on the brink of signing a deal which ensured a ‘soft’ Brexit when a phone call to Theresa May from  the DUP (the Irish political party currently in coalition with the Conservative party) disrupted an otherwise tranquil meal between the PM and the President of the EU.   It seemed that the DUP were not accepting the proposed conditions. These conditions threatened to install a ‘hard’ border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland ( who are still a part of the EU). Halting the talks of Brexit, Theresa May is now forced to compromise the terms of our departure. Instead of negotiating for a united response, she has requested an extension to the signing of the Brexit treaty, and will attempt to devise another plan in which the UK emerges in a more positive light. For there to be any hope for the future, our Prime Minister must compromise, negotiate and change her approach towards the difficult matters at hand.   But how does the Brexit deal relate to EGA life? How can we learn from Theresa May’s challenges? Following exam week, it is important for us to reflect on what went well as well as consider ways we can adapt and improve. Our mock examinations were an opportunity to learn the different tactics and techniques which will secure us the best results we can achieve, and much like the Brexit negotiation, it’s time for us to learn to compromise. Only this time it is between our leisure time and our studying!   For many of us it is our last chance to obtain the results and the place we want to hold in the future; but unlike the Brexit deal, there is no extension offered. Therefore it is important for us to change the way in which we approach our learning and the difficulties we may face in the next few months. If we are able to do that, then when it comes to May (the month) our exams might not seem quite so ‘hard’.
November - Make a Change! Posted on: 20/11/2017

November - Make a Change!

The days leading up to The UK’s Children In Need Day are times for reflection and solidarity. It's the time when we begin to consider the bigger issues in society and what we can do (as a collective and as individuals) to make a change.   In the UK over 3.7 million children live below the national poverty line, which is over a quarter of all children. 1.7 million of these children are considered to be living in severe poverty. A household living in severe poverty earns circa £8.25 per person a day or less. This is quite shocking when we consider the fact that the living wage is now set at £9.15 an hour in London. And this is only concerning poverty; we could also discuss the other disadvantages that some children in the UK are forced to endure (e.g. disability, illness, abuse).   The UK is considered one of the world's most advanced nations, being part of G7 (along with the 6 other largest economies in the world, representing more than 64% of the global net wealth), yet some children's basic needs are not being met. The situation may sometimes seem insurmountable, but there are many things we can do for those in most need of help.   We can begin with giving a pound this Friday towards the Children in Need Campaign for our non-school uniform day! There are also many things outside of school that can be done. For example donating clothes, or donating directly to the BBC's Children in Need charity. There are two donation points around Angel (only a few shops apart): Oxfam and Cancer Research. These shops are also, incidentally, always looking for volunteers. Not only will you be helping the local community, you will also directly improve the life of a UK child. You can genuinely make someone's life better and the change begins with you!    
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