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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.
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.
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.
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
Tuesday 2nd May - 9am
Open Morning is the best way to see Bethany ‘in action’. With tours of the whole campus led by pupils themselves, there is no better way of getting to know the School.
The morning begins individual tours led by pupils, which follows a comprehensive route through our 60 acre campus and presents an opportunity to see classes in action, get answers to your questions from the perspective of our pupils, and to talk to the teachers you meet on the way.
On return to the Function Suite where refreshments will be available, the Headmaster will provide more information about the School and staff from other departments will be on hand to answer more in-depth questions, including the Dyslexia and Learning Support team.
To book a place at our Open Mornings, call the Registrar on 01580 211273.
If you are unable to join us for either of the Open Mornings but would like to visit the School another time, please the Registrar will be pleased to arrange an appointment for you: call 01580 211273 or [email protected]
Our greatest aim is to enable each of our pupils to realise their potential in every area that they study, flourishing in those subjects where their talents shine brightest and carrying with them a genuine love of learning.
We create a challenging and supportive learning environment, and small class sizes are fundamental to our success. We generally have fewer 18 pupils in any class, allowing our teachers to target and develop the abilities of each individual, offering support and guidance as they work through our broad and balanced curriculum together.
Through dynamic and differentiated teaching, we aim to instil in our pupils key skills, both from a learning and a social perspective, that are so vital for exam success and life beyond School.
Bethany’s Learning Support department enjoys an international reputation for its success in giving specialist help to dyslexic pupils within our mainstream school, and the school has been CReSTeD registered since 1994. In addition, for those pupils who may benefit from it, we also offer English as an Additional Language (EAL) support.
Call us today +44 (0)1580 211273 to book your visit with our Registrar.
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Cranleigh's 1st VII scooped an historic victory as they lifted the Rosslyn Park Sevens Cup this year, beating off top playing rugby schools from England, Scotland and Wales in the world's largest rugby tournament.
The team won all four of their games on the first day and proceeded to beat off the likes of Wellington and Millfield on the second day of the competition before a convincing finish against Harrow to lift the Cup.
"We're a small numbered school compared to some of the competition and we only get to play rugby for one term so we're all delighted for the boys as they've worked really hard for this," said Cranleigh's Director of Rugby, Andy Houston.Read more about sport at Cranleigh here >>
Cranleigh celebrated record GCSE results, with 35% of all grades an A* and 67% of all grades being A*/A. Both of these results are the best in the School’s history. In addition, 99% of students gained 5 GCSEs at A* to C grade. A record-equalling 88% of pupils achieved grades at A* to B and the overall pass rate was 96%.
Headmaster, Martin Reader, said: “These results, even more impressive than last year’s, are an excellent demonstration of the success of our approach to education, where a busy timetable matches achievement outside the classroom with academic excellence.
A Level Success
We also saw another very successful year at A Level, with 75 per cent of A Level grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 99.1 per cent. Nearly 20% of students gained A*/A in three or more subjects
Despite a national context of falling numbers gaining the top grades, the School has maintained its strong academic results with 40 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 75% at A*-B.
Deputy Head (Academic) Mr David Boggitt, said: “We are lucky to have a high staff-to-student ratio, with strong collaborative relationships in the Sixth Form, with teachers, tutors, house staff and students all working closely together to achieve the best outcomes."More about academic life >>
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.
Tel: 01932 574900 Email: [email protected]
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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.
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.
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.
Since joining BGS in September 2015, Headmaster Dr Simon Hinchcliffe has become well known for his thoughtful and thought-provoking blog. Popular posts include:
Keep calm and carry on revising
Sound and practical advice for BGS students at the start of 'revision season' following so many national column inches been devoted to stress-busting revision advice.
The Headmaster's response to a YouGov survey on confidence in 11-24 year olds being lowest at 17.
Happiness and Education
This blog post explores the idea of whether Brits have a 'happiness gene' and the impact happiness has on pupils and their education.
In April 2016, Axel Scheffler, co-creator of The Gruffalo, one of the most popular children's books for all time, headed up a Mini Literature Festival at Bristol Grammar School to celebrate the opening of the new library. Workshops, Q&A sessions and poetry recitals were held in the 2-storey building which boasts a Junior Library with classroom and giant touch-screen PC and Senior Library complete with a sofa section where older pupils can read journals and newspapers.
Lesley Purcell, Library Manager, says the new library, which cost £21m, is a superb state-of-the-art resource that reflects the ethos of the school: friendly, down to earth yet progressive.Read more about our new library here >>
We would be delighted to see you at one of our Open Events. These are a wonderful opportunity for you to meet us, take a look at our impressive facilities and get involved in activities we have planned for you.
Our winter Open Morning was held in early January, and Spring event in the last week of April. If you missed these opportunities to see our school in action, you are welcome to contact our Admissions Registrar to arrange a private tour as per below.
It is very straightforward to arrange a visit or apply for a place at Bradford Grammar School. Our Registrar Karen Hewitt would love to hear from you. Please call on 01274 553702 or click on the link below.
Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.
Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend below. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.
If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please take a look at our website (www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk) for alternative dates or contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.
We look forward to welcoming you to BGS.
Our next Whole School Open Morning is on Wednesday 16 March, from 10.00am–12 noon. Come and spend a morning at BGS on a normal school day and see us in action. You will be shown around the School by some of our current students, and have the opportunity to chat to members of staff over refreshments.
Advance booking is not required, but you are welcome to register your intention to attend on the BGS website <<www.bristolgrammarschool.co.uk/events>>. The event will run from 10.00am until 12.00 noon; we recommend you allow at least an hour for your visit, if possible.
If you'd like to visit BGS but this time is not convenient, please contact the Recruitment Office on 0117 933 9885 to arrange your visit.
We look forward to welcoming you to BGS.
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 >>
Sir Charles Kao UTC regularly holds a Career Festival when young people and their parents are invited to attend 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.
New date coming soon. Click here to find out more >>
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
We welcome anyone considering independent education to come and see what St John’s has to offer.
Contact us to book: 023 9281 5118.
Situated in the heart of Southsea with excellent transport links and just a short walk from the Hovercraft, St John’s College is an all age, Christian co-educational day and boarding school for children with a wide range of abilities. As a relatively small school every pupil is involved, appropriately challenged and closely supported.
Our Saturday Open Events include a presentation from the Headmaster, and all events include pupil tours around the campus. Teaching staff are present to answer any questions you may have about the curriculum or the many extra-curricular activities offered, and our Boarding Houses will be open to view. There will be lots of activities for all the family too. Our mid-week events allow parents to see the College during a normal school day.
Mrs Janet Mengham
Telephone: 023 9281 5118
As Head of St John’s College, it is both a privilege and responsibility to lead such a unique and exceptional school. Founded by John Baptist De La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers, St John’s College is a Christian day and boarding school with over 100 years of history. Today we remain true to our Lasallian values, providing a quality education based on respect for all – those of faith or otherwise. To a large extent, our well-regarded ethos is a product of our location, heritage and history. As a day school serving and representing the local community, St John’s seeks to provide an accessible education to students of all ages and all abilities. We are proud also of our international links and as the only boarding school in the Portsmouth area we offer a truly international education experience from which all our students, day and boarding, benefit.
We are an all-age school, taking pupils from age 2 through to 18. All sections of the school share the same campus which adds to the diversity and richness of our community to the benefit of all. We firmly believe that children profit from continuity in their education. Of course, circumstances very often require that pupils join us at different stages in their school careers and so we consider it a strength of our school to be able to offer a complete package, minimising the need for pupils to adjust to new environments and ways of working. As a relatively small school, we are able to ensure that every child and young person is directly involved, appropriately challenged and closely supported.
Our inclusive community is based around our commitment to supporting the individual. We celebrate differences and we strive to ensure there are new experiences and challenges in each and every school week. We are rightly proud of our pastoral care and, as a result, we feel secure in being academically ambitious for our pupils. They are challenged, in a supportive environment.
There are many special elements to St John’s and you will get a good sense of our academic results, facilities and co-curricular opportunities from our website. It is my personal view that one of the most special things about the College is the warmth of the welcome here. The quality of community spirit, based on positive relationships between students and staff, is a vital ingredient of our success. This can only be truly experienced by visiting the College and seeing the wonderful environment in which students thrive.
Our school motto, Per Laborem Ad Honorem, when translated from Latin to English, means through work to honour. This important message of determination and pride is instilled in our students from the very first day they join us, and when they leave us at the end of the Sixth Form it is with this message they are charged.”
Mr Tim Bayley
Head of College
At St John's College we are extremely proud of our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which has confirmed and reinforced our strong reputation as an independent school with a good academic record and an outstanding reputation for pastoral care. The report not only comments on our pupil's excellent attitudes towards learning, they have also highlighted the inclusive and supportive ethos of the College, making note of how supportive and tolerant pupils are of each other – essential in a diverse community such as ours.
The College was inspected between 24 and 26 January 2017 and consisted of two inspections: a Focused Compliance Inspection and an Educational Quality Inspection, both of which are operating under a new framework.
We gained the highest possible achievement in the Focused Compliance Inspection, meeting all eight areas of relevant legislation. The Educational Quality Inspection rated the College ‘Good’ for its academic achievement and 'Excellent' for personal development.
Some highlights from our ISI Report:
‘pupils of all ages develop good knowledge, skills and understanding in accordance with the school’s aims to foster the spirit of endeavour.’
‘throughout the school, pupils display excellent attitudes to learning’
‘The education the pupils receive, enables the school to fulfil its aim of offering a fully rounded educational experience in all aspects, including academic, creative, emotional and physical. This is underpinned by the ethos which celebrates personal success and achievements and urges pupils to strive to reach their potential in all they do.’
‘pupils are very well prepared for the next stage in their education.’
‘with the through school ethos, staff work diligently to support individuals as they progress upwards through the school.’
NEWS FROM OUR JUNIOR SCHOOL
Award-winning writer Jamie Thomson recently visited the Junior School and gave a fanastic talk to Year 5 pupils. The Dark Lord author also ran a session on characterisation and the children loved imitating his evil laugh! The children heard how Jamie, whose books have been acclaimed in the Top 100 Modern Classics by The Sunday Times, first became a writer and his advice for building vocaularly in their own writing.
St John's College Pre-Prep Department (4 to 7 years) and Prep (7 to 11 years), both housed in the main college campus in Southsea.
Head of the Junior School, Mr Tony Shrubsall, says there is a keen focus on ensuring the transition from Early Years to 'big school' is easy:
Our new Early Years facility, ‘Little St John’s’, offers our children a newly re-furbished and equipped environment in which to learn and play, with some very attractive outdoor areas for them to explore. With the nursery now located next to our Reception Class in the main school building, there is a lovely sense of continuity for the youngest members of our community.
You are warmly invited to visit our school with its impressive history and its reputation for providing outstanding education for girls.
If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Registrar by email: [email protected] or call 020 8260 7543.
Personal tours are also now available. Please click on the link below. We would be delighted to arrange a time for you to visit with your daughter.
SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN EVENING: Thursday 11th May 18.00 - 20.30
WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN DAY: Saturday 7th October 2017
SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING: Wednesday 18th October 2017
YEAR 7 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 27th October 2017 (to be confirmed)
TASTER DAY: Saturday 11th November 2017 (to be confirmed)
ENTRANCE TEST DAY (Year 7 and Sixth Form): Saturday 25th November 2017 (to be confirmed)
GCSE results day was a fantastic day for Year 11 girls at Croydon High School who celebrated nearly a third of all girls achieving straight A-A* grades and 28% awarded the top A* grade. 8% of GCSE grades at A* and 86% A*-B.
An impressively large number of girls, 28% of the year group, were awarded a straight run of A and A*grades. Read more here.
New Headmistress, Emma Pattison, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our girls for the stunning effort and determination which has gone into achieving these results and also to recognise the support of their parents and the dedication of the teaching staff here at Croydon High. It is a privilege to be joining a school where the parents, staff and girls all work so hard to ensure the girls triumph on results’ day.”
At A Level, once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A Level and over 94% of students achieving A* - C grades. Read more here.
Our school is always proud of the academic results achieved by the girls but this year stood out due to wide variety of choices this cohort has made – both in their subject options and their post sixth- form destinations. Debbie Leonard, who takes up a new post as Head of The Grange School in Cheshire in September, said:
“This year group have particularly excelled in their ability to take on leadership roles within the school, seeking out work experience and networking opportunities and managing to maintain their different extra-curricular interests and zest for life throughout their rigorous A Level years.”More news from Coydon High >>
GO-ED – Girls Only Education.
This is how we describe our attitude to the education of girls and the unique culture we have developed at Croydon High.
Why GO-ED not CO-ED?
We believe our supportive girls-only environment offers enormous benefits. Year after year we see how girls flourish in secure happy surroundings where they can discover who they really are and where they want to go. In a single sex school, there is undoubtedly less pressure to conform to stereotype, particularly in academic or sporting choices.
Croydon High girls take all three sciences – and do well - and the level of participation, determination and success on the sports fields is something we are particularly proud of.
But, we always stress that we are offering a single-sex education and not a single-sex life. The girls are not kept away from boys – we encourage and enable shared activities between ourselves and another local Independent boys’ school. Particularly in sixth form, we recognise that there is much to be gained from these activities which can be academic or extra- curricular as well as social.
We are proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust:
Tuesday 23rd May
9:30am to 11:30am
Prep and Pre-Prep Open Morning
Thursday 25th May
9:30am to 12.30pm
Senior and Sixth Form 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 or click on the link below.
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]
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'.
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 >>
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
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
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.’
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 >>
Attending an Open Morning at Ardingly College is a great way to learn about the school and any parents considering Ardingly for their son or daughter should try and attend one if at all possible. After attending an Open Morning, most prospective parents then arrange a private visit.
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High achieving Sixth Formers have beaten the previous year's record IB results and gained an average provisional point score of 38 points, 8 points above the worldwide average. It is the best average score yet achieved in the 13 years the college has offered the International Baccalaureate to students.
Combined A Level and IB scores were 51% A* - A and 80% of all grades were awarded A*-B.
Following hot on the heels of our record A Level and IB results,the GCSE cohort of students, have matched last year’s highest ever grades. 62% of all grades awarded were A*-A, 87% were A*-B and 98% were above a C grade.