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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

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Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Finals 2017 Posted on: 15/12/2017

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Finals 2017

In 2016, I won the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge for Islington. It was an amazing feeling and a great honour. My speech was about encouraging self-belief and all my friends and family were both supportive and proud. After winning the challenge, I had the opportunity to visit the University of Cambridge to talk to the admission tutor about how to develop a successful application in the future! I'm very grateful to the Jack Petchey foundation for such a great opportunity. As last year's winner, the Finals for this year were held at my school, so on Thursday 7th December 2017, I was the MC and host. It was so much fun! At first I was extremely nervous but as I carried on going and saw my family, friends and teachers in the audience cheering me on, I got into my zone and really enjoyed myself. There were so many amazing speakers talking about topics they were clearly passionate about; Sagal Mohammed Ali and Tanisha Mahone in year 10 represented EGA at the competition. They were so inspiring and made EGA extremely proud. Their speeches were about’ The Importance of Stories’ and ‘Love is Blind’. The event went very smoothly and it wouldn't have been anywhere near as wonderful if it wasn’t for the hard work of Ms Faux and support from other EGA teachers for organising the event. The music performance conducted by Alison Campbell and performed by the year 11s of EGA was absolutely fantastic.  I would like to thank everyone who had a contribution to this spectacular event and for all the support the speakers received on what was a really memorable evening. What an amazing experience!  
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’.
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