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Secondary
Last update: 23 February 2017
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Parents are welcome to visit us on Parents' Information Mornings on their own or with their daughter on Pupils' Information Mornings. The latter event is aimed more specifically at the girls, but parents attend with their daughter.

Admissions Department:
Tel: 01932 574900   Email: [email protected]

 

Parents’ Information Mornings
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Tuesday 7 March 2017 

Wednesday 26 April 2017 
 

Pupils’ Information Mornings
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Friday 24 February 2017

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Friday 5 May 2017

Open Evening 2017

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Our Open Evening held in the Summer Term is suitable for parents and children of any age, and no booking is required. 
 

2016 RECORD-BREAKING GCSE RESULTS

 


 

Our Year 11s set a new record with their results for GCSE this year. An impressive 54% of all grades awarded were A*, with 13% of all students gaining 10 or more A*s and 40 pupils at least 8 A* grades. This is a best-ever statistic here at the school.

We knew that this year's results were going to be excellent but were still astounded by the achievements of the girls and the staff who work so hard to make it all possible. We hope that they are extremely proud of their success.

At A Level, results were at a consistently high level. 25% of students achieved all A*/A; 77% of grades were A*-B; 50% of grades were A*/A with a 99.6% pass rate.
 

OLYMPIC SILVER FOR SWPS ROWING COACH

 


 

Sir William Perkins's School rowing coach, Karen Bennett, rowed to Olympic medal victory last month as part of the GB Women's Eight Rowing Squad. The team were beaten by the USA but rowed to Silver ahead of the Romanian team. The nail-biting final was a thrilling watch. Everyone at Sir William Perkins's School is extremely proud of Karen and everyone in the GB team. Photo credit: The Sun. 
 

Secondary
Last update: 22 February 2017
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King Edward's School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 20 February 2017
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A TRULY ‘EXCELLENT’ INSPECTION REPORT FOR KING EDWARD’S SCHOOL

 

 

The school was delighted to receive the ISI (Independent Schools’ Inspectorate) report in 2015 in which the school was judged as ‘excellent’ across all eight aspects of school life under review. Please go to The Data section of our School Guide page and click on View Report to read the inspection findings. 
 
This superb report follows on from King Edward’s being placed by The Sunday Times in the top five performing schools in the South West, based on 2014's outstanding public examination results. 
 
The School was inspected by ISI in December and the report’s main findings highlight what makes it such a vibrant, dynamic and high achieving school: “The success of the school lies in the strength of the ethos which permeates it from the EYFS to the sixth form. All three sections of the school encourage the pupils to strive for excellence and to achieve to the best of their ability in a stimulating environment so that they acquire a love of learning which goes beyond the formal curriculum.”
 
Other key elements of the report focused on the “excellent personal development” of pupils from Pre-Prep stage, right through to the senior school, where the report found sixth formers to be “mature, kind, friendly, loyal and socially responsible young people.”
 
Headmaster, Mr Martin Boden, expressed his pleasure on receiving the report, saying: “The full report reads to me as a genuine reflection of the School that I know well and am very proud to lead. It also stands as testimony to the hard work and team effort – from teaching and support staff, pupils, parents and governors – that help to make King Edward’s such a thriving and successful school.”

A RECORD 19 OXBRIDGE OFFERS FOR KES PUPILS

 

 

Amongst the excellent university offers currently coming the way of our Year 13 cohort, a record 19 pupils from King Edward’s School, Bath have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge to study a broad range of subjects including Natural Sciences, Economics, Theology, Classics, English, History, Physics, Veterinary Sciences, PPE, Biology and Philosophy.

The news follows the recent publication of the annual Sunday Times Parent Power survey, which once again confirmed King Edward’s School’s place amongst the top 100 schools of any kind in the country and within the top six in the South West of England for the third year running.

King Edward’s has an excellent record in helping its pupils secure offers from the UK’s leading universities.  Last year 90% of all KES university applicants were offered places at their preferred destination, and 80% took up places at Russell Group universities.

Martin Boden, Headmaster of King Edward’s said: “I congratulate our Year 13 cohort on the wonderful offers coming their way.  Our Senior pupils have many strings to their bow as they make the most of all that the School has to offer, be it debating within our Model United Nations team, appearing in one of the School’s many drama productions, playing high level sport or pursuing one of our outdoor pursuits, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.  Alongside a stimulating curriculum, these co-curricular activities help our pupils grow into confident, engaging and well-rounded young men and women, making them highly attractive prospects for the UK’s leading universities.

            
 

We do hope that you will visit our School, as there is no better way of finding out what life is like at King Edward’s. We encourage individual visits throughout the year so that you can see the School on a normal working day. 

Ranked as one of the top four independent schools in the South West by The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey, King Edward’s School offers an inspiring and supportive educational environment for young, adventurous minds, aged 3 to 18 years.

Click on the link below to arrange an appointment, email [email protected] or call our Admissions Department on 01225 820399.

 

King Edward’s Pre-Prep & Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 8th March, 09.00-12.00

Tours available at 09.15, 10.15 and 11.15

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please click here to register >>

Location: Weston Lane, Bath BA1 4AQ

 

King Edward’s Junior School Open Morning

Thursday 9th March, 09.00-12.00

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please click here to register >>

Location: North Road, Bath BA2 6JA

 

King Edward’s Pre-Prep & Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 3rd May, 09.00-12.00

Tours available at 09.15, 10.15 and 11.15

Registration for this event will open later in the Spring

Location: Weston Lane, Bath BA1 4AQ

St Mary's School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 20 February 2017
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JUNIOR AND SENIOR SCHOOL TASTER WORKSHOP - SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 2017

An opportunity for your daughter to sample life at St Mary’s School, Cambridge. 

Visit www.stmaryscambridge.co.uk/admissions/arrange-a-visit to register.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 20 February 2017
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Claires Court Schools
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 February 2017
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Bromley High School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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NEW ISI REPORT FOR 2016

Rare inspection report accolade: both achievement and learning are Exceptional 

 

 

Inspectors from the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) visited the school in March and found that pupils' achievement and learning in both the Senior and Junior School were 'Exceptional'. In all other categories, where Excellent is the highest grade, the school's provision was judged to be uniformly Excellent. 

The school's 'distinctive curriculum' was praised by inspectors and the wealth and quality of extra-curricular activities recognised as 'the strength of the school'. 

WHY CHOOSE A GIRLS' EDUCATION?

Research tells us that girls and boys learn differently

This means that they need to be taught differently if they are to make excellent progress.  In order to get the very best out of a class of girls and boys, therefore, one needs to teach two different lessons.  It is clear also from visiting co-educational schools, that girls and boys see each other differently and that, in such an environment, it is possible for these views to be emphasised.  In a girls only environment such as Bromley High, these stereotypes do not exist.  The girls have some girls only space in which to explore their interests and their passions and are supported in doing so by teachers who open their eyes to the myriad opportunities available to them, without suggesting that they follow any particular pathway.

It is undeniable that girls do better without boys around – and here we can make that happen for them.  As the only all girls’ school in the area, we provide the space and professional expertise for our girls to shine.  And the wonderful thing is – that as a day school, the girls can have a proper social life (after school and at weekends) with their friends - boys and girls.

We are proud to be a member of the Girls' Day School Trust: 

 


 

We warmly invite you to our annual Open Events where you can tour the Junior and/or Senior School with a pupil guide, meet the teachers and listen to talks from the Headmistress, Head Girl and current pupils. Open Mornings take place in October and May.

Our next Open Morning is on May 19th 2017

Registration is essential for attendance at the events. Click here to register >>

[email protected]
0208 781 7066 
Click here for our Admissions Information Booklet >>
 

We also welcome enquiries for sixth form entry. Please click the image below to download a copy of our new Sixth Form Advantage Booklet: 
 

 

Taster Events 2016

11+, 7+ and 4+

Our autumn Taster Days have now finished. Please email Mrs Lisa Clarke, Admissions [email protected] telephone 0208 781 7066 to find out more about forthcoming Taster Sessions or to arrange a private visit. 

Taster events 2017

11+ (for entry in September 2018) 

3rd  May, 10.55 - 3.10 pm - Year 5 Taster Day
15th June 10.55 - 3.10 pm - Year 5 Taster Day
Please book here
 

The Maynard School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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Choosing a school for your daughter can be a difficult decision. The best way really to discover The Maynard School is to come and visit. We encourage parents to visit the school in the first instance to discover more about The Maynard School with a tour and a chance to meet the Headmistress or Head of the Junior School. You are welcome to visit at any point during term time.

We offer a range of Open Events and Taster Days across the year. However, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to contact us and arrange a visit at any point during the term.

Call our Admissions Team on 01392 355998 or email [email protected] or click on the link below.

 


 

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE TABLE SUCCESS

 

 

We are extremely proud to have been ranked as the leading independent school in Devon in key areas in The Department for Education (DfE) Schools Performance Tables 2017 for A-level and GCSE results from 2016. The Telegraph's GCSE School League Tables also placed us as the best in the South West and 16th nationally.

Highlights for The Maynard include:

- Top school in Devon for the GCSE English Baccalaureate with a score of 93%. (This is a performance measure that scores schools according to how well pupils have performed in up to eight core GCSE subjects including Maths, English, the sciences, a language and History or Geography.)*

- Top independent school in Devon across the GCSE Performance Tables board*

- Top independent school in the county at A-level for the highest percentage of students to achieve AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects. (These include all those most commonly required for entry into leading universities including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Maths, Geography, History, English Literature and Classical or Modern Languages.)*

- Best in the South West and 16th nationally for GCSE results**

* The Department for Education’s School & College Performance Tables 2017** The Telegraph’s GCSE School League Tables 2016

UNDER 14 NETBALL TEAM & DEVON COUNTY CHAMPS SECURE PLACE AT NATIONAL FINALS

The Maynard School’s Under 14 Netball team is now officially ranked as one of the top netball teams in the country, following a fantastic performance at the Regional finals of the National Schools Competition on Saturday 21 January. In an action packed tournament, they beat some major competition to book their spot at the national finals to be held in Welwyn Garden City in March.

Representing Devon as the County Champions, the team won against rival netball heavyweights including Millfield, Cheltenham Ladies College, Royal High School (Bath) and Talbot Heath to finish top of their pool and meet Truro School in the semi-finals of this gruelling all-day tournament.

“This was the most tense of all their games and not fun to watch,” said Director of Sport, Catharine Gabbitass. “All bar three of our team had been off school with a nasty virus in the days leading up to the Regionals and, at one point, I wasn’t sure if we would have a team to play at all. But they weren’t going to pass up the opportunity lightly and it was a blessed relief when they all appeared at the bus for a 6.30am start on the morning. However, by the semi-finals many were beginning to wane, energy levels were sapped and some players, including our captain, were really beginning to show the strain. Despite a slow start, they got into their rythmn and pegged back an early disadvantage to score comfortably in the end.

“The top two teams automatically win a place at the finals and, safe in the knowledge we had achieved this, I took a strategic decision to rest some of our more poorly members. So we played the whole squad, changed a few positions in the process and went with the attitude that what happened in the final was of no particular consequence. As a result, we lost against a very strong Canford side but it didn’t matter as we had done what we set out to do and that was go through to the national finals!”

This incredible performance puts The Maynard team as one of the top two teams throughout the South West, including the whole of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire.

“It’s a fantastic result to qualify but I’m not surprised,” added Mrs Gabbitass. “I’ve always considered them the South West’s dream team and they have a very bright future ahead of them. But what pleased me most was their attitude and one referee even alluded to their great sportsmanship on our Facebook page saying, “They were a pleasure to umpire too, all very responsive and clean players.” Now that makes me proud!”

 

Exam Results 2016

GCSE 2016:
91% A*, A & B grades

At GCSE, an extraordinary 66% achieved A* and A grades whilst 91% gained either A*, A and B grades. This is in contrast to the national average where just 66.9% managed a pass and just goes to endorse the Maynard's position as one of the top performing schools in the country. Read more here

A Level 2016:
A2 pass rate 100%
74% A* & A grades

Record A Level results saw The Maynard School rated 29th in the country. Over half of all students gained all A* and A grades, and all students gained a place at their first choice of university, with 86% going on to study at Russell Group Universities including Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Durham, UCL, Liverpool and Leeds.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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OPEN MORNING


Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 11th March 2017.

This visit will give you an opportunity to have a tour of the school with one of our pupils as your guide and speak with individual class teachers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Mrs Anderson will be speaking at 10.00am and 11.30am and will also be available to speak with you on the day.

Our school ethos is one that nurtures individual talent, respects all faiths and creates a learning partnership.  Together with our Outstanding Pastoral Care, we are sure a visit to Bishop Challoner will help you experience the happy atmosphere of our school.

Please contact Sue Long to pre-register: [email protected] or click on the link below.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Click on these links for information on our points of entry:

Nursery     Junior     Senior     Sixth Form

OUTDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT


We are thrilled with the new infant playground which has been created in a safe, fenced off area. There is a variety of play equipment and education games, all designed for our children to foster and enhance their learning.

It is very important to us that our children are happy and are able to have fun in a variety of environments. The outdoor play provides and important environment to foster brain development, motor skills, and social and cognitive development. The children play in the space in any way they chose, whether it be alone or with others.

The playground maximises opportunities for the children to interact, explore, enrich, build and to learn from their peers. They learn to negotiate, compromise, work together, and also to control themselves and tolerate and respect each other. The tractor and castle will promote social play because they provide children with places to congregate and communicate.

Our new canopy integrates the outdoors with the indoor classroom with one sense of place and identity, so the transition between the two becomes almost seamless. This means children can move freely back and forth between the inside and outside encouraging them to experiment with autonomy and independence.

GREAT RESULTS 2016

      


We are very proud of our students who have achieved some excellent results again this year. With hard work, commitment and determination our students are able to succeed.

GCSE

Results have continued to improve this year, with 92% of pupils achieving at least 5 A*- C grades this summer (73% including Maths and English Language) compared with 84 % in 2015. Biology, Chemistry, Latin, Physics and Spanish scored 100% A*-C. In Biology 95 per cent achieved at least A*-B grades and in Physics at least 86 per cent A*-B grades and chemistry with 75 per cent A*-B grades. 100 per cent grade A achieved in Latin. Over half of the students taking Spanish achieved an A*-B grade.


A LEVEL

This year our students gained 82% A*-C grades, an improvement on last year with seven subjects achieving 100% A*-C grades, namely Chemistry, Dance, French, History, Geography, Mathematics and Physics. 100% A* /B grades were gained in Physics, Dance and French.

Special congratulations to Stephen Clifford who achieved 2 A* and 1 A grade and to Josephine Wilson who achieved 3 grade As. They both headed off to Warwick University to read French with History and French with Japanese respectively.
Our Year 13 students were accepted at a number of notable universities to study a range of courses including Brighton to study Environmental Science, Brunel University, Greenwich to study Building Surveying, Hull to read Biomedical Science, Laban to pursue Dance and Nottingham to read Architectural & Environmental Engineering.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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OUTSIDE LEARNING FUN FOR YEAR 4

Year 4 pupils had fun at Woodlands Adventure activity centre where they took part in a range of outdoor activities including an assault course, zip wire, abseiling and archery.

The day was a great opportunity for the pupils to bond as a group and experience some of the activities that they will encounter on their upcoming residential trip.

Not only were the pupils able to conquer fears they also accomplished so much; tackling the day with great teamwork and learning the importance of supporting and cheering each other on.

 

CELEBRATING NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK 2017

Year 2 children at Hydesville Tower School have been celebrating National Storytelling Week by bringing in their favourite stories from home along with our cuddly reading buddies. The children have shared our stories throughout the week, reading them as a class, with a friend and by themselves.

Meanwhile the Year 6 English class shared fairy tales with Year 2. It was a great success and the peer support was enjoyed by both years. There were some lovely moments where the Year 6 pupils were asking questions of the Year 2 pupils to check their understanding.

Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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Visit North Bridge House School 

 If you would like to arrange a private tour, please click the link below to fill out the form with the relevant part of the school you wish to visit.  If these dates aren’t suitable we can arrange a private tour for you to see the school. There is an option to book both open events and private tours in the form below.

 

Nursery School & Pre-Prep Schools (ages 9 months – 7 years)

Tuesday 21st February 2017, 9.30am

 

Preparatory School (ages 7-13)

Friday 5th May 2017, 9am

Friday 16th June 2017, 9am


Senior School Hampstead (ages 11-16)

More dates coming for the Spring term

 

Senior School & Sixth Form Canonbury (ages 11-18)

Thursday 9th March 2017, 9am

Saturday 6th May 2017, 10am

 

 

'OUTSTANDING' IN ALL AREAS, OFTSED 2015

North Bridge House Canonbury is rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of its Senior School and Sixth Form provision following the Ofsted inspection in May 2015.

View our outstanding Ofsted report  >>
 

Having only opened in September 2014, Ofsted’s report reflects how much the school has already achieved as Islington’s first independent senior school for 13-18 year olds, based on the longstanding success of the North Bridge House group

The Ofsted report highlights the School's nurturing yet academically rigorous ethos, to which all staff and students contribute, and the exemplary work of the Head Teacher, senior leaders and teachers, who together form an inspirational team. The school is commended for excellently preparing students ‘for the next stage of their education through effective pastoral support and guidance for academic subject choices or for university or career choices.’

Ofsted also identifies the ‘consistently outstanding support’ that students receive and the ‘highly effective teaching’, which not only motivates pupils to fulfil their potential, but encourages them to develop a self-confidence that aids their academic progress significantly.

Other key elements of Ofsted's findings were:

• ‘Sixth form provision is outstanding.’

• ‘Students make significant progress from their starting points. Results in mock examinations show that they are achieving above expected levels from their previously predicted grades and performance.’

• ‘Students who require additional help in their learning make above expected levels of progress because they are given good support in lessons to match their identified needs.’

'EXCELLENT' RESULTS 2016




 

North Bridge House Canonbury opened in September 2014, and our founding cohort sat their GCSEs and A-Levels in Summer 2016. The results across the board were excellent. 



With 95% of students gaining at least five A*-C grades, our 2016 pass rate was the highest since expanding to our new site in Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead. 90% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades in subjects including Maths and English.

42% of all our grades were either A* or A – over double that of the 20.5% national average – with notable top mark success in Maths and Science, complemented by outstanding grades in the creative visual arts. Read more here >>
 


 

Two academic years after opening, North Bridge House Senior School and Sixth Form justified its Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating with an excellent first set of A levels.

With a 100% pass rate, our results saw many students exceed their original ALIS predictions and evidenced Ofsted’s observation that ‘students make well above expected levels of progress over time.’

67% of Maths and Further Maths candidates achieved an A Grade, as did 67% of Art candidates, highlighting the impressive measure of both academic and creative talent across the small cohort. Read more here >> 

 

Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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Open Afternoons are especially designed for prospective pupils and their parents.  If you were unable to attend an Open Afternoon, the Headmistress is always happy to meet prospective parents and their daughters, please telephone for an appointment.

Please email [email protected] or call 01252 545197 to book a place.

In 2017, we welcome you to attend an Open Afternoon on Friday 5 May

There is also an Open Morning on Saturday 13 May 2017. This event is primarily designed for the parents of girls in year 7 - 9 so that they can see what the girls are doing in school. However, we also welcome prospective pupils and parents to come and have a look around our school to see what makes Farnborough Hill so special.

Busy Bees (Year 5) Taster Day: Tuesday 20 June

ABOUT FARNBOROUGH HILL

Farnborough Hill is a very special place; the buildings, the history and the spectacular grounds are impressive but what makes it so special are the people.  The school prides itself on being the ‘caring face of academic excellence’.  To understand this ethos, one really has to visit to see the blend of academic rigour and outstanding pastoral care that are delivered so successfully.  Life at Farnborough Hill is vibrant and busy - an environment that fosters energy, friendliness and fun, establishing a positive can-do attitude which develops the self-confidence the girls need for bright and fulfilling futures. 

 
Hawley Place School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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OPEN DAYS AND TASTER EVENTS

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We warmly welcome you to visit our school.

 

Open Days and Transition Events Thursday 11 May 2017 – Open Afternoon – 2:00 – 3:30pm with a Headmaster talk at 2:00pm

Tuesday 27 June 2017 – Year 5 Taster Day

 

The next Open Afternoon will be held on Thursday 11 May. Registration is at 2.00pm with a talk from the Headmaster, Mr Stone at 3.00pm with tours taking place before and after. You can arrive at anytime throughout the afternoon and have a tour.

Of course you are more than welcome to book an appointment and school tour at any time. If you would like to make an appointment to visit the school please arrange a visit here.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Hawley Place is an idyllic independent Nursery and School, nestled in 16 acres of beautiful woodland on the border of Surrey and Hampshire. Our motto ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’ informs everything we do, from the Nursery right through to GCSE.

We welcome children from the age of 2 into our nursery, where they learn through play and games. Both boys and girls are now welcome to continue into Year 7 and follow through to GCSE at 16.

Hawley Place is a family school and each and every child receives the individual attention they need to meet their true potential, be that in maths, science, art, sports, or all of the above!

Our 2016 GCSE results of 100% A*-C in 5 or more subjects and 71% A*-B manifest our academic credentials.  We strive to make the children in our care the best they can be, be that a mathematician, scientist, artist, athlete, actress or musician. Whatever your child excels in, Hawley Place welcomes them to the family.

Halliford School
Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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OPEN DAYS 2017

We invite you to visit Halliford School and find out what makes our school special.

Please telephone to book a tour for the following dates and times:

Thursday 02 March 2017 - 9.30a.m. and 11.30a.m.

Tuesday 07 March 2017 - 9.30a.m.

Thursday 04 May 2017 - 9.30a.m. and 11.30a.m.

Thursday 09 November 2017 - 9.30a.m. and 11.30a.m.

Tuesday 14 November 2017 - 9.30a.m.

Halliford School warmly invites you to attend the following Open Days – no appointment necessary

Saturday 07 October 2017 - 10a.m. to 12noon – Headmaster’s presentation at 12noon

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 6.30p.m. to 8.30p.m. – Sixth Form Open Evening

To book a place on an Open Day please contact our Registrar:

Telephone: 01932 234921

Email: [email protected]

 

2016 RESULTS

GCSE Results

This year our students achieved their best ever examination results at GCSE. Around 50% of results were A* or A.  Within these statistics there were some outstanding performances from individual pupils including 11 A*, 10 A* & 1 A and 9 A* with 1A & 1B.

A-Level Results

This year we have seen another strong set of A Level examination results.  Of all the A Levels sat, 98% gained passes with around 50% of these being at grades A* – B.

Over a quarter of pupils gained BBB or better and there were some excellent individual performances.

Overall, this enabled pupils to attend their chosen courses at a range of universities including Warwick, Nottingham and Southampton as well as a host of Russell group universities.

 

OUR ETHOS

Our Ethos is focused on creating a friendly, family-oriented, and nurturing environment where all pupils are known as individuals and all are valued equally regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.

Our caring ethos is based on the universal values essential for a civilised society:

  • showing courtesy and consideration to all
  • taking responsibility for one's own actions
  • service to others and especially those in need
  • honesty with others and to oneself

It is reflected in the academic approach of the School in which the setting and demanding of high standards takes place within a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. The structure and organisation of the School are also designed to support and strengthen this distinctive ethos.

Merchiston Castle
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 13 February 2017
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‘A balanced curriculum, excellent pastoral care and a high A level pass rate make Merchiston one of the UK’s leading independent schools’www.ukboardingschools.com

Merchiston is the only boys’ independent boarding school in Scotland, offers the English curriculum, and has a global, outward-looking dimension. We take pride in specializing in the education of boys and preparing them for the world, as we have for over 175 years, developing aspirational, and sensitive, yet gentle-men! Think about a wonderfully caring and nurturing family environment, where they will learn to like learning more.

With an ethos based on traditional values, Merchiston encourages self-reliance and independence, as well as respect for and tolerance of others. Our main objective is to motivate pupils to try their hardest and to strive to achieve the highest levels possible in all areas - firstly academic, then cultural, sporting, leadership, and simply living together as part of a community.

The modern way of life at Merchiston is therefore busy and exacting and we seek to maintain the delicate balance of priorities within and outwith the classroom. However, whilst revelling in the excellence of the sporting, musical and numerous other activities, we continue to emphasize the primacy of academic work, which is at the heart of the total curriculum.

Boarding life

We provide a stimulating, challenging, yet supportive and encouraging environment where your son can grow up surrounded by his friends within our unique house structure. Over 65 per cent of pupils board so there is never a dull moment as we provide a full boarding programme seven days a week. Our international boarders form, in most years, around 20 per cent of our School population and come from over 20 different countries.

Each boarding house caters for a particular age group and the atmosphere and activities are tailored accordingly. The House structure enables boys to develop a wide circle of friends, and to learn how to support each other. Pringle House, set within a walled garden, is home to boys entering the School between the ages of 7 and 12. Between 13 and 15 boys move through the Chalmers and Rogerson Houses, where there is a high level of pastoral care as the boys grow through adolescence. The purpose-built Sixth Form boarding house offers 126 en-suite bedrooms for boys in their last two years of school.  

Academic record:

Merchiston really does turn the ‘C student’ into a ‘B student’ and the ‘B student’ into an ‘A student’. Our 2016 results at every level offer clear evidence of the value-added by the School, for which we are in the top 5 per cent of the UK schools.

Merchiston’s exceptional performance at A Level and GCSE over a significant number of years, demonstrates that our boys, as a cohort, are consistently amongst the highest achieving boys in Scotland. Furthermore, nine of our leavers in 2016 are attending top 30 international universities in QS World University Rankings 2016-17, and 50 per cent of students have gained places to Russell Group Universities, such as Bath, Cambridge, Oxford and other top international institutions. A number of students gained admission to USA Ivy League Universities, such as Cornell and Brown.

Merchiston is committed to leading students towards ‘personal excellence’. Currently, our extra-mural initiatives include entry for the Mathematics and Physics Challenges and Olympiads, English Speaking Board examinations, foreign language trips, Arkwright Scholarships (Design and Technology), and many others.

Sport for all

Merchiston prides itself on fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment. In 2015-16, there were 87 different teams, of all abilities, playing competitive fixtures across 16 sports:  a total of 590 fixtures. More impressive is that 87% of all pupils, from 7-18, represented the school at some stage in 2015-16. The School is currently represented nationally and internationally in many sports, such as athletics, cricket, golf, rugby and target shooting. We have also achieved Scottish honours in tennis, rugby and clay pigeon shooting in the last three years. The Tennis Academy is ranked number two in the UK in the LTA Team Tennis Schools rankings, 2017; the Golf Academy is ranked number one Junior Golf School in the ISGA rankings 2015-16.

Co-curricular

The co-curricular programme at Merchiston delivers life skills, such as: leadership, teamwork, and mentoring through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Combined Cadet Force, prefectship, Koinonia and other activities.

Music and Drama are major parts of life at Merchiston. These departments collaborate regularly and pupils of all ages have the chance to be involved, either performing on stage or working behind the scenes. There is an orchestra and other instrumental groups, including pipe bands, and a choir and choral society, as well as opportunities for individual instrumental lessons. Merchiston also benefits from its strong links with local girls’ schools for drama and musical performances, other cultural events and social gatherings. Our links ensure that our boys can develop their social skills and relationships soon blossom.

Admissions & Fees

We welcome applications for admission from all over Scotland, the UK and overseas – both for boarders and day pupils. Boys can apply to enter the School at any age between 7 and 16. A good first step if you wish to make an application for your son(s) is to speak to us personally. Our Admissions team will be able to help and advise you.

Kay Wilson (Admissions Manager): +44 (0)131 312 2201

Heather Aitken (Admissions Assistant): +44 (0)131 312 2204

We recommend that you come and visit us and see the School, meet some of the staff and talk to some boys. This will give you the best flavour of the spirit and atmosphere at Merchiston, and you can also see our facilities first-hand.

Scholarships

Merchiston offers a number of prestigious awards each year to suitably qualified candidates, depending upon the year of entry to the School. Awards are competitive, and are made for the duration of a boy’s career at Merchiston, subject to continued performance and good conduct.

The main categories of awards are: Academic, Music (including Piping), Sport, All-Rounder, Art & Design, Design & Technology.

Scholarships are granted to candidates who can demonstrate above average ability, and bestow honour on the successful candidates. Scholarships no longer carry an automatic fee concession. However, where parental income is not sufficient to allow the pupil to attend Merchiston, parents may apply for means-tested assistance; see our Help with Fees.Scholarship Application Form is available on our website.

“Science is a great strength.” Tatler Schools Guide, 2015

“I am very happy with my son’s Merchiston journey – he has turned into a thoughtful, confident, friendly, ambitious young man, eager to make his way in the world, safe in the knowledge that he has the backing of a group of fellow Merchistonians with whom he has shared his journey. He can stand in any company and speak eloquently with wit and charm and we are extremely proud of him.” Parent