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Faraday School
Primary
Last update: 24 March 2017
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OPEN MORNINGS 2017

Looking for an Independent Primary School place? Come & visit us on one of our open mornings at our magical location in the heart of the Docklands. You are warmly welcome to join us for a tour and a brief presentation about school life and the curriculum at Faraday. We are taking bookings for:

Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 9:30am

Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 9:30am

To book a place please visit the school website www.faradayschool.co.uk,[email protected] call the registrar on 020 8965 7374. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Maple Walk School
Primary
Last update: 24 March 2017
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OPEN MORNINGS 2017

If you would like to visit the school please book onto one of our open mornings, which are taking place on:

Monday 24th April 2017 at 9:30am

Monday 8th May 2017 at 9:30am

This will be an opportunity to have a tour of the school, meet the Head Teacher and to find out about all the exciting activities Maple Walk pupils are involved in.

To book a place please visit the school website www.maplewalkschool.co.uk or call the registrar on 020 8965 7374.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 24 March 2017
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UPCOMING OPEN DAYS

Every term we hold a series of open mornings and other events to give you and your child a chance to look around the school, meet the teachers, talk to our Admissions Registrar, and get a taste of what life is like here. To learn more about our school, please attend one of our upcoming Open Days contact our Admissions Registrar for a Private Tour.

April 2017

Thursday 20 April - Reception Taster Day - 9.30 am to 11.30

 

May 2017

Tuesday 9 May - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

Thursday 11 May - Open Morning - 9.30 am to 12 noon

 

June 2017

Monday 19 June - Year 5 Senior School Taster Day

THE ETHOS OF COLCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

At Colchester High School we celebrate the individual. Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching are the two key characteristics that the success of our school is built on, allowing us to offer a tailored education to each individual boy and girl in the school.

Working with a small class, a good teacher can get to know each pupil as an individual and identify their strengths and needs. This allows them to know what motivates them and how to best help them progress. Our great teachers are specialists in their subject and this expert teaching in music, French, ICT and PE is accessed by children at every stage of the school, right from nursery.

Our small class sizes and high-quality teaching also allow us to offer strong pastoral care. We know our boys and girls with all of their enthusiasms, fears and dreams. This allows us to support their on a spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in a focused and tailored way, ensuring that they develop the kind of personal qualities our society needs.

Sutton High School
Primary & Secondary
Last update: 23 March 2017
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We would love to welcome you and your daughter to our academically selective independent school for girls. You can use the links below to register for Open Events at Sutton High or find out more about our admissions process. 

We are also here to help you along the admissions process every step of the way so feel free to contact us with any questions: Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8225 3001

 

Senior School & Sixth Form


Thursday 22 June 6pm
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Junior School


Tuesday 16 May 9am
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You are also warmly welcome to arrange a personal tour. Please click on the link below to contact us. 

DEVELOPING THE WHOLE GIRL

 

 

Our priority at Sutton High Junior School is to enable the girls to be happy, confident and independent. We believe that if the girls enjoy coming into school they will develop a love of learning and feel supported to try challenges, to explore, and to discover their individual talents and gifts.

Our Junior School aims to develop your daughter both pastorally and academically by getting to know her individual personality and skills set. We value the whole girl, from our academic focus, ensuring that we develop their growth mindset, through a connected curriculum, to their enrichment in our extracurricular programme.

Girls can join our Nursery in the half- term before their third birthday, and we provide wraparound care during term time.

Prospective girls visit us for an assessment and do not want to leave. The empathy our girls and staff have is clear the moment you walk through the door.

GOLD STANDARD CAREER DEVELOPMENT

 

       

 

Sutton High School is delighted to have been awarded the Career Mark Gold Award for the fourth year running.

Our girls are encouraged to consider career options from an early stage, but to keep an open mind throughout their years at Senior School. The wealth of advice and information available and the biennial Careers Fair gives the girls the support and guidance they need to make choices about their future.

Career Mark commented: “Sutton High School is to be commended for its consistent commitment to the provision of high quality careers education and guidance over many years.”

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 22 March 2017
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OPEN DAY - SATURDAY, 6TH MAY 2017

Saturday 6th May        10.00am – 12.30pm

This is an opportunity to see the Main School in full swing.  Our Year 8 pupils will show you around the school.  Come and see the variety of activities on offer, as well as observing the pupils at work.   The Pre-Prep will also be open and the teachers will be free to chat about life in this area of our school. Either, let us know that you are coming by ringing the office on 01722 333423 or simply turn up on the day.  Alternatively, if you would like to visit the school at another time, please do get in touch.

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 21 March 2017
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​News of more Open Events coming soon. 
  

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

Nursery    Junior     Senior    Sixth Form
 

If you would like to arrange a personal tour, you are warmly welcome to contact Sue Long by email at [email protected] or click on the button below to contact our Admissions Team.

NEW OUTDOOR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  

  
Award-winning children’s author, Lara Williamson, paid us a visit in March for World Book Day to talk about her new book ‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy’ published on 1st March by Usborne.

Local author Lara, a Blue Peter Awards shortlisted author, visited Year 5 to talk about writing. She talked about the places that inspired her writing and advised pupils to be observant and always 'dig a little deeper'. She recommended keeping a small notebook or journal to jot any observations or good ideas down.

Some of Lara's ideas come from her own journals which she has kept since she was a child growing up in Ireland. She even had the diaries of when she first started dating! 

Her latest book ‘Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy’ is about Adam Butters, whose real mum called him ACE and now he’s just got to prove to the world that's what he is. One mission at a time...

Lara, whose daughter Millie attends Bishop Challoner, signed books for pupils who were dressed up as fictional characters for World Book Day

 

GREAT GCSE AND A LEVEL RESULTS

   

      


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.

Sir Charles Kao Utc
Secondary
Last update: 20 March 2017
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ABOUT US


Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (SCK UTC) is a brand new, multi-million pound centre of learning for 14-19 year olds. It will give students the opportunity to combine academic and technical learning and explore the application of Science, Engineering & Computing in two specialist areas – Medical Technology & Smart Environments.

The UTC is sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University and Harlow College with support from local and national employers including Johnson Controls, Pearson Education, Raytheon, and GlaxoSmithKline. This ensures not only high quality academic standards but also a dynamic and inspiring technical curriculum using industrial research & design projects.

As a new college, we have not yet received an OFSTED inspection. Our OFSTED inspection is expected in 2017.

 

Open Morning – every Wednesday

We have an open morning each week. If you wish to visit the school on one of these mornings, please call us to arrange or click on the link below.
 

#ThinkUTC Open Afternoons 

Start your journey into your future career at Sir Charles Kao UTC and visit one of our open afternoons. 

New dates coming soon. Click here to find out more >>
 

Careers Festival

Sir Charles Kao UTC will be holding it's second careers festival, which was hosted on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

Young people and parents were invited to attend between 4pm and 7pm to meet with a variety of organisations in the fields of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering along with members of UTC staff and students to talk about the provision of jobs, apprenticeships and further training for young people in the area. 

IS A UTC RIGHT FOR ME?



Sir Charles Kao UTC is the right place for you if you want to:
 

• Develop your passion for computing, science and engineering

• Combine academic study with practical assignments

• Learn in a high-tech environment. We are the only school in the country to offer an intelligent flat, offering students the chance to explore life-changing assistive technologies

• Gain specialist skills and knowledge relevant for today’s high-tech industries, while keeping your options open

• Study in a professional work-like environment, where you take responsibility for your own learning

• Complete assignments during the day, leaving you with spare time to pursue other interests

• Build relationships with potential future employers by working on projects and taking up summer internships

The Cheltenham Ladies' College
Secondary
Last update: 20 March 2017
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OUR PURPOSE

• Pioneering girls' education 
• Outstanding academic excellence 
• Preparing girls for the future and their future 

There is no 'type' of girl at CLC. If your daughter likes asking 'why, what and how' then this is one of the best schools in the world in which to consider the answers. The future we are preparing the girls for is full of excitement and challenge. Governors, staff and pupils are committed to a compelling educational vision for our time.

This is reflected in our Vision, Mission and Values.

 

Regular Open Days are held throughout the year, both on weekdays and Saturdays. Ideal for a first visit, they are designed to give you a broad overview of the school and an opportunity to meet staff and girls.

A private visit with a member of our Admissions Department can give you a more detailed one-to-one meeting, which is more suited to a second or subsequent visit.

Saturday Open Days

10th June 2017

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Monday Coffee Morning

27th March 2017

15th May 2017

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Sixth Form Open Day

Held each September. You are welcome to click on the link below to arrange an individial visit. 

CLC GIRLS CELEBRATE EXCELLENT EXAM RESULTS

 

 

Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating a year of excellent A Level and GCSE results, with a total of 62 girls achieving three or more A* or A grades (50% of all those sitting A Levels) and 90.3% A*-A grades across all GCSE subjects and a 99.3% pass rate.

A Level Results 2016 

In addition to the 124 girls who sat A Levels, 36 pupils received outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results in July, with an average points score of 40.0, which carries a UCAS tariff equivalent to A*A*A*A. 

Many pupils have secured places and scholarships at leading UK and US universities to study a range of courses, including Chemical Engineering and Law at Cambridge, and PPE, French and Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford, as well as securing places at Berkeley, New York University (NYU) and Minerva in the US.

GCSE results 2016

The cohort of 142 girls achieved an impressive 989 A* grades, with an average of 9.5 A*/A grades each. 

Across the core subjects, English (Literature and Language), Maths and the three Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), the girls achieved a 91.3% A*/A grade average.

Among the top achieviers were 22 girls who received straight A* grades in all examinations. 

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said of the academic success: “These outstanding results reflect the hard work and dedication of all the girls and staff, and will give the students an excellent foundation for their future studies.”

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 March 2017
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OPEN MORNING

If you would like to book a bespoke tour of the school with the Headmistress Mrs Marsden, please contact our School Admissions - Mrs S Murchison who will arrange a suitable time and date convenient to you and your family.

We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to The Webber Independent School in the near future.

Telephone: 01908 574740

EMail: [email protected]

Primary & Secondary
Last update: 17 March 2017
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OUTSIDE LEARNING FUN


 

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: 16 March 2017
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 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 via the link below. 

 

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

New dates coming soon.

 

Preparatory School (ages 7-13)

Friday 5th May 2017, 9am

Friday 16th June 2017, 9am


Senior School Hampstead (ages 11-16)

Tuesday 28th March 2017, 9am

 

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

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.

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 >> 

Primary
Last update: 16 March 2017
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Secondary
Last update: 16 March 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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Wednesday 26 April 2017 
 

Pupils’ Information Mornings
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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. 

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: 15 March 2017
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Attend one of our Open Mornings to experience life at Mayfield first hand and hear from Antonia Beary, the Headmistress and a group of pupils across the year groups. Our next Open Mornings will be held on:

Thursday 27th April
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Saturday Workshops

We welcome your daughter to spend time at Mayfield in a more relaxed way by attending our Saturday Workshops. Girls are able to choose from a selection of workshops, offering activities and spend time in the School, getting to know some of our girls who will be there to help. Join us on:

Saturday 20th May 2017
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Please reserve your places for these events by contacting Jennifer Gandy, Registrar at [email protected]calling 01435 874642 or clicking on the link below. 

You are also warmly invited to book an individual tour. 

OUTSTANDING RESULTS ACROSS THE BOARD FOR MAYFIELD’S GIRLS

 

 

A Level
We are proud to see our girls achieve a 100% pass rate again this year. The A*-B pass rate was over 75%, with over a quarter of all girls acheiving 3 or more A/A* grade and two thirds of the girls achieving at least one A/A* grade in challenging academic subjects. As a non-selective school, we are especially proud of these results.

Science and Maths
Eleven subjects acheived 100% A*-B results with the most outstanding resuls, once again, being seen in the sciences and Maths. 75% of a large cohort achieved A*/A in Chemistry for a successive year.

Creative Arts 
Mayfield's reputation for creativity was once again lived up to, with 80% of the Cambridge Pre-U Art and Design candidates acheiving a Distinction.


 

GCSE results 

This year almost 15% of Mayfield girls achieved an awe-inspiring A*/A in 12 or more subjects. Over a quarter of the year achieved more than 10 A*/A grades and almost three quarters of the year each achieved at least 5 A*/A grades. Our Chemistry, Further Maths, Sport and Greek students all acheived A*/A, as did 80% of the students who sat History, Geography, Art, Music and Maths. This is all the more impressive as the school’s intake is not highly selective. It is testament not only to good teaching but also to girls who work hard and are keen, independent learners. Just as importantly these are girls who are also involved in a range of sporting, drama, music and community service activities.

MAYFIELD DAY

 

 

On a rather wet day in June, we celebrated Mayfield School with our annual Mayfield Day. Whatever the weather we come together to celebrate life in School and recognise the impressive talents of our girls.

The girls enjoy demonstrating their Athletic talents with the Inter-House Athletics Cup, which this year was hotly contested despite the wet conditions. In true Mayfield style the competitors gave their all, and took every opportunity to participate.

The creative exhibitions were also greatly enjoyed by all, with the day culminated with our 'Round the World' fashion show which really exhibited the girls creativity, hard-work and imaginative talent.

We are already looking forward to next year – the forecast is excellent…

Secondary
Last update: 15 March 2017
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RESULTS 2016: PF GIRLS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME
 

 

GCSE results

We are celebrating our girls' fantastic GCSE results with 28% of grades A*, 55% A*-A and 79% A*-B. In a year group of 69 girls, 19% achieved straight A*-As. Departments celebrating included Latin, with 100% of pupils achieving A*-A; Art, 72% A*-A; Maths, 83% A*-B, two thirds of the group having taken the GCSE six months early; Science, 84% of girls gaining A*-B.

A-Level results

Prior’s Field pupils were celebrating unparalleled A-Level results today, with girls achieving a 76% A*-B result that represented a 13% increase over 2015, equalling last year’s 15% A* grades and delivering a 100% pass rate. Pupils taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), highly regarded by universities, all gained an A* or A.

University destinations this year include Bath, Bristol, Leeds, The Royal Veterinary College and UCL, to study a wide range of subjects from architectural engineering to volcanology.

 

HEAD SCALES NEW HEIGHTS: PRIOR'S FIELD HEADMISTRESS TRACY KIRNIG CLIMBS KILIMANJARO
 

 

 

Sore toes and reduced oxygen levels were soon forgotten by Prior’s Field Head Tracy Kirnig this summer, as she celebrated climbing all 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

A novice climber, Mrs Kirnig (pictured above) set herself the challenge as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Award; this newly launched scheme encourages anyone to devise their own challenge and, in undertaking it, raise funds for local young people to benefit from the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Of the adventure Mrs Kirnig said:

“As a school, we encourage our girls to push beyond their comfort zones. I felt that I should do the same! I had doubts as to whether I would be able to get all the way to the top of Kilimanjaro, but what kept me going was the thought that if I failed then the Prior’s Field Head had failed. I wanted to show our students that if you put your mind to anything, no matter how difficult it looks, you can accomplish it.”

Tracy Kirnig joined Prior’s Field in September 2015, having previously been Deputy Head, then Acting Head, at Caterham School. She is married to Paul Kirnig, grandson of the Austrian painter of the same name, and has two adult sons, a foster daughter, two foster grandchildren and two step grandchildren. She has worked in both the independent and maintained sectors.

WHAT MAKES A SCHOOL EXCEPTIONAL?

 

 

Excellent schools – whether academies, independent or maintained – are all about developing the individual child, creating an environment in which they can be happy and inspired by talented teachers.

This truth was at the heart of Prior’s Field founder Julia Huxley’s vision, when she opened the Godalming-based school in 1902. Prior’s Field nurtured talent, fostered ambition and encouraged girls to look outwards into society – offering a distinctive route to high achievement – as it does to this day.

Our founder, Julia Huxley 

Through Julia Huxley (pictured below with her son, Aldous, who went on to become the famous writer and philosopher) and her family connections, the school has an extraordinary educational, literary and scientific heritage. The granddaughter of Dr Thomas Arnold, the reforming headmaster of Rugby School, and niece of the poet Matthew Arnold, Julia was one of the first women to attend Somerville College, Oxford, where she went on a scholarship and graduated with a first in English Literature in 1882. She married Leonard Huxley, son of another of the great thinkers of the Victorian age; Thomas Henry Huxley, of humble origins and largely self-taught, became a professor of biology and president of the Royal Society, known as Darwin’s ‘bulldog’ in the great 1860 evolution debate for his advocacy of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

 

 

The progressive education offered at Prior’s Field combined scholarship with opportunities to explore cultural life and ideas: to learn outside the classroom and to enjoy significant personal freedom. This emphasis on equipping pupils for life – to head into the world as well-qualified but also well-balanced individuals, with a healthy outlook and a determination to make a positive difference to the world they will help to shape – should be every school’s aim. At Prior’s Field, as well as focusing on academic ability and outcome, we promote participation, motivation, self-belief and enjoyment to bring out the best in our young people and transform lives.

Beyond Prior's Field

Girls leave Prior’s Field for a wide range of universities, including Oxbridge, to study courses as diverse as medicine, philosophy, law and engineering. In their time here, however, they will also have learnt to: rise to the challenge of leadership and service opportunities (through Head Girl, Deputy and Prefect responsibilities, running school assemblies and events, mentoring younger pupils, Duke of Edinburgh awards that include working with local and national charities); set up businesses in the Sixth Form, including taking over the reins of PF Babysitters, a registered babysitting service set up three years ago by the then Upper Sixth; drive safely; cook healthily on a student budget (as taught by our school chef); control their finances; manage stress through yoga, mindfulness and exam revision technique; work and socialise with students from other sixth forms and colleges.

They will have run, danced, sailed, performed with professional actors and singers, debated motions in national competitions, played in rock bands, climbed mountains, undertaken fieldwork, absorbed the experiences of such visiting speakers as Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and Dame Stella Rimington, chuckled at the staff Christmas pantomime, voted in the inter-house Art Competition, won chocolate bars from the English Department for using correctly the ‘word of the week’, supported each other, learnt resilience and much, much more. In the words of one Sixth Form leaver:

‘It is hard to know where to start on the list of things I am grateful for. Thank you for the opportunities and the experiences, the courage to strive for my best, the wisdom to do what is right, and passion to learn more.

Thank you for the praise, the words of encouragement and the constructive criticism. You have taught me how to hold a conversation, the importance of kindness, and that being a woman has only advantages. I have learnt never to underestimate the power of teamwork.

Although I wave goodbye to Prior’s Field with a tear in my eye and the longing to stay, I wave goodbye as someone who is prepared to go on to the next stage in my life. My message to the girls is to seize every opportunity that comes their way, no matter how big or small. Experience shapes people, so get as much of it as you can.’

Small classes, and a relatively small school size of 440 girls, allow each pupil to be well-known and understood by staff. A dedicated pastoral team works closely with school nurses, boarding staff and parents to ensure problems are swiftly addressed, nipping many in the bud. Support to parents extends beyond this: Prior’s Field offers supervised prep (at no extra charge) and, having done their homework, girls can stay on for supper.

Boarding at Prior's Field 
 


From its inception, boarding has been at the heart of Prior’s Field and approximately a quarter of its current pupils take advantage of boarding on a full, weekly or flexible basis. ISI inspectors, reporting in 2016, found girls for whom Prior’s Field is their second home to be “articulate, engaging and courteous”. Head of Boarding, Mrs Emma Picken, comments: ‘We were especially pleased that the report highlights the “atmosphere of trust, tolerance and friendship in the boarding houses” – testament to the commitment of our girls and boarding staff to each other’.

Boarding can prove an indispensable option for busy, working families but also for girls whose parents are abroad or for whom home life is difficult. Prior’s Field welcomes applications from any girl who would benefit from a place at the school, regardless of their financial situation, and bursaries are available at all entry points.

 

WHAT DOES PRIOR'S FIELD OFFER?

 

 

Prior's Field pupils have a wide range of abilities, talents and interests. The aim of the school is to provide an excellent all-round secondary education that brings out the best in each girl according to her abilities and talents.

• 2016 ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Report: awarded ‘excellent’ in all nine areas of inspection, including quality of achievement, teaching, pastoral care, boarding and links with parents.

• Dedicated and inspiring teachers.

• Small classes.

• Superb pastoral care.

• Excellent academic results: university destinations this year include Bath, Bristol, Durham, Leeds, The Royal Veterinary College and UCL to study degrees as varied as neuroscience, architectural engineering, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, geography with volcanology and veterinary science. Upper Sixth taking the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), highly regarded by universities, all gained an A*/A.

• Bespoke Sixth Form House with quiet study areas, social spaces and lunchtime bistro area; our most senior girls are supported by a dedicated team of Sixth Form staff and experience a change in teaching style, more akin to university.

• Full, flexi and weekly boarding: boarding at Prior’s Field is a unique and fulfilling experience, and one which supports many busy working parents. A London school bus service is available to return girls home on a Friday after school and pick them up again on a Sunday evening. 

• Girls are encouraged to throw themselves into a range of over 40 extra-curricular clubs and activities.

• Our students leave Prior’s Field as well qualified, balanced individuals with a healthy outlook on life and a determination to make a positive difference to the world they will help to shape. 

• Excellent facilities set in 42 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside, including a new combined Science, Music and Technology centre and on-site tennis academy. 

• Specialist EAL (English as an additional language) team.

• Extensive daily, local school bus network.

• Excellent transport links to London and close to international airports.

• “Quirky, sparky and passionate for learning.” Good Schools Guide