Burgess Hill Girls
“The school is almost non-selective and yet achieves better results than many more competitive schools. The holistic approach to education, where equal value is placed on academic achievement and soft skills, produces extremely confident young women who grow up to believe they can be whatever they want to be.” Good Schools Guide 2019
The Nursery (which is co-ed), Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior schools are all located on the same campus, a 14 acre conservation area centrally located in Burgess Hill and very close to the main road and rail links to Brighton and London.
Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form
Type: Day & Boarding
Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
Roll: 46 Boys / 515 Girls
Age Range: 2 1/2 - 18 years
Set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds within a conservation area close to Burgess Hill’s town centre. The school is only a five minute walk from the railway station (on the London to Brighton line) and close to excellent road networks (10 miles from Brighton city centre and 20 minutes from Gatwick). We provide a daily minibus service for girls across Sussex and beyond.
School Contact Details
Headteacher: Mrs Liz Laybourn
Contact for enquiries:Admissions
Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Tel: 01444 241050
Little Oaks is a modern contemporary building built in 2008 for our expanding Nursery and infants classes. The building is set into its sloping site which allows for high ceilings and vaulted corridors creating a feeling of space and tranquillity. The Pre-Prep and Prep School is housed in two Edwardian villas which have both been refurbished and modernised to provide a welcoming and friendly learning environment. There is a learning hub, computer suite, cookery and technology room. The buildings are surrounded by landscaped grounds with equipment to challenge children of all ages.
The main teaching block of the Senior School is Webb House. It was built in the early nineties and was refurbished during the summer of 2015. A Learning Resource Centre, computer rooms and state-of-the-art teaching facilities provide a clear vision for teaching in the modern world. The refurbished science centre opened in 2010 and provides superb teaching facilities with separate sciences laboratories for the chemistry, biology and physics departments.
Croft 11 is a state-of-the-art drama, performance and music academy encompassing a 320-seat tiered auditorium. The original building was refurbished and extended to provide a theatre which is used by the school and the wider community. Our Music School links neatly to the performing areas and modern practice rooms surround the main teaching areas. Facilities for Art are a sprawling array of light and airy rooms all centred around an exhibition area. Dedicated Sixth Form studios provide a perfect location for A Level study.
Well-maintained sports fields are used for athletics, hockey and summer sports. The numerous tennis and netball courts are all floodlit and provide sport surfaces which are used well into the evening. The floodlit 3G astro (artificial grass with rubber chip) provides a superb training facility.
The Sixth Form centre is a standalone building providing modern accommodation. Lecture rooms, study areas and common rooms make a truly unique environment for students to flourish and learn.
There are three Victorian houses which provide on-site accommodation for our boarding community. Each house is well-equipped to provide a homely feel; they are refurbished on a regular basis to provide modern facilities.
Academic, Music, Art, Sport and Drama Scholarships, up to a maximum of 40% fees, are awarded at ages 11+, 13+ and 16+ (Sixth Form). Technology Scholarships are available at 16+ (Sixth Form).
Academic and Music Scholarships are available in the Prep School from Year 3 to the end of Year 6.
There are different arrangements for entry into the different parts of our school, ranging from informal assessments for the younger Pre-Prep and Prep School pupils to the more formal entrance examinations for those wishing to join our Senior School.
Pre-Prep and Prep School. Reception: £2,700 (£1,940 if eligible for EYF*) per term. Year 1- Year 6: £2950 – £4950 per term.
Senior School. Year 7 – Year 13. Day: £5100 – £6700 per term. Weekly Boarding: £8850 – £10450. Full Boarding: £10350 – £11950 per term.
Extra weekly boarding nights: £45 per night.
Nursery fees: Please contact the school for details.
All visits are welcome, please contact the school
Whole School & Nursery Open Fortnight 20th Sept.-1st Oct.: Monday 20 Sep 2021 -
Sixth Form Open Evening: Tuesday 5 Oct 2021 - Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open Fortnight. We believe if you want to really get to know a school you need to see it in action on a normal school day. Burgess Hill Girls will open our Whole School and Nursery so you can book a personal tour and meet our students, teachers and senior leaders. If you are overseas or are not able to visit in person we would be delighted to arrange a virtual tour and video meetings for you. Please request this when you complete the booking form
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Sixth Form Open Evening. Our Sixth Form students will give you a tour of our Sixth Form centre, Cedar Lodge. You will be able to learn about all the different A Level subjects available and talk directly with teachers. There will also be an opportunity to meet our Head of Sixth Form, Bill O’Brien-Blake, Head Liz Laybourn and other members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Book your place We will be in touch to arrange your personal tour and meetings.
You can also book your place by contacting our admissions team email@example.com or tel 01444 241050.
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