Sunday, 26 March 2017

Girls celebrate as they all secure places at senior schools of their choice

Girls celebrate as they all secure places at senior schools of their choice

FIFTEEN girls at Rupert House School in Henley are celebrating after a clean sweep in their senior school entrance exams.

Every year six pupil at the independent school in Bell Street won a place at their chosen senior school, several of them on scholarships.

They are 10-year-olds Nell Appleyard, Martha Collins, Ava Connelly, Indianna Gomarsall, Olivia Gomersall, Matilda Macartney and 11-year-olds Cressida Bell, Annabelle Briess, Lucy Davies, Isabelle Elson, Poppy Parsons, Isabella Pickess, Liberty Simmonds, Annabel Smyth and Isabel Wilson.

In September they will start at their new schools, including the Abbey in Reading, St Helen & St Katharine in Abingdon, Queen Anne’s in Caversham, Cranford House in Moulsford, Godolphin in Salibsury, Lambrook, near Bracknell, and Headington in Oxford, which are all independents. Others will attend Sir William Borlase Grammar in Marlow and Gillotts in Henley.

Headteacher Clare Lynas said: “We are extremely proud to announce that every one of the girls in year six has been successful in securing a place at their chosen senior school.

“They have also achieved many excellent awards. Academic scholarships were awarded to Isabel Wilson (St Helen & St Katharine) and Annabelle Briess and Isabelle Elson (Queen Anne’s).

“Annabelle also won a music scholarship and Isabelle a sports exhibition. Cressida Bell and Isabelle both passed the Buckinghamshire 11-plus examinations.

“I am very proud of our pupils and my staff for these terrific results.

“We always aim to get every girl into her preferred school. However, we were extra proud this year because every girl passed every exam they sat.

“It’s a culmination of everything they have done through the school. The core of this 15 have been with us since nursery — they are Rupert House girls through and through.”

The girls’ post-exam curriculum will include a broader range of topics to study as well as a residential trip to France, staging a production at the Kenton Theatre and a St John Ambulance first aid qualification.

“Life isn’t only about exams and we’re very proud of the breadth that we offer,” said Mrs Lynas.

“Every child is cherished as an individual and, with small classes, we are able to give quality time to support, enrich and extend every pupil’s varied achievements.”

The school will hold on open morning on May 6 from 10am to noon but personal tours can also be arranged.

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