Alderley Edge School for Girls

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As a leading independent girls’ school we pride ourselves on providing a well-balanced curriculum, excellent facilities and a friendly community feel and we work hard to exceed the expectations of parents and pupils alike.

Our school welcomes girls from age 2, in our Nursery, right through to age 18 in our modern Sixth Form Centre and is a top performing independent school for girls in Cheshire East.

Gifted & Talented

Alderley Edge School for Girls runs a ‘Gifted and Talented’ programme. ‘Gifted’ refers to learners who have a high level of cognitive ability whereas ‘Talented’ learners are those who have a particular aptitude for one or more specific subjects. As a school, we have a responsibility not only to meet the educational needs of all of our pupils but also to ensure that our gifted and talented pupils are offered suitable challenges in lessons and opportunities to develop and demonstrate their abilities. All staff at AESG contribute to the programme by planning and delivering lessons which include open ended activities to challenge our girls to achieve the best they can.We also offer enrichment opportunities both within school and by external parties.

Girls who are identified as Gifted and/or Talented are encouraged to attend ‘North West Gifted and Talented’ events and are also mentored in small groups within school.


The school has a Learning Enhancement Department which works with pupils in both the Junior and Senior schools.

The department is able to assess pupils and offer advice to staff if there are concerns about a pupil’s performance in a specified area of the curriculum. Wherever possible, support for pupils is put in place within the classroom; however the school also runs a series of individual intervention programmes for pupils.
Staff are highly experienced in teaching pupils with dyslexia and dyspraxia and very many girls with these cognitive profiles have gone on to higher education having achieved well at AESG. The school is also currently working to develop the support we afford to pupils with dyscalculia.

The department delivers:

  • Structured programmes of work using multi sensory teaching to improve literacy skills.
  • Study support sessions incorporating work on revision techniques, exam technique and higher order reading skills.
  • Support for pupils in lessons in the junior school.
  • Observation and advice for pupils in lessons in the senior school.
  • A wide range of assessment; initial literacy and dyslexia screening and more specific assessment where needed for exam special arrangements – all conducted ”in-house” by Mrs Hill.

The department also works to keep up to date with the latest developments in all related fields and works closely with parents, other school and outside agencies.

Bursaries & Scholarships

We are keen to nurture and recognise exceptional talent and, through the Scholarship programme, we seek to reward those girls at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form who will achieve outstanding academic success throughout their school career and display an independent and inquiring approach to their studies.

Scholarships are awarded purely on academic merit and as the result of an outstanding performance in the 11+ Entrance Examination and the 13+ or Sixth Form Scholarship Examinations and interviews. Scholars are placed on the Gifted and Talented Register and are monitored throughout the Senior School by the Director of Studies.

In addition to academic scholarships, the following are also available:

  • Art, Music and Sport Scholarships at 11+
  • Music Scholarships at 13+
  • Music and Sport Scholarships at 16+
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